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Project Mahitahi Events

Upcoming events 

Maitai Mahitahi Catchment Field Trip – 27 February 2022 (postponement date 13 March 2022)

Get in touch with Project Mahitahi and sign up for a ticket to this event! Continuing our commemoration of our botanical heritage, in partnership with Friends of the Maitai, join the bus tour to learn more about the Maitai Valley, the work being done through Project Mahitahi, and the plants and wildlife that can be found here.

We will begin the journey near the Haven to learn about the importance of the estuarine environment for the fish and plants that live in the mixing zone. Continue up the catchment to hear about wetlands and their importance in a functioning eco-system. At the Maitai Reserve, learn about the forest canopy and enjoy a picnic lunch (and a peak under the Maitai Dam works).

Along the way, you will hear insights and perspectives on the cultural and ecological values of the catchment, and the history of botanical knowledge – there are some great stories!

The seats will be limited so sign up and save a place. Children are welcome, noting that the trip will involve around 5 hours so may be more suitable for older children who are keen amateur naturalists. Email to reserve your tickets! 

Past events 

Matariki planting at Sunday Hole Picnic Ground


Community planting at Mahitahi Wetland in partnership with Nelson Tasman Multicultural, to commemorate the journeys that many people have made to find a new home in Nelson Whakatū


Nelson College for Girls planting at Nile Street Bridge to commemorate Kate Edger, the first principal of the College, and the first woman in the British Empire to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree

 Cawthron planting at Shakespeare Walk to commemorate the legacy of Thomas Cawthron, and 100 years of science in Nelson Whakatū

Planting with Nelson Soroptimists at Smiths Ford, to mark their 100th anniversary, and as part of a commemoration of botanical history in the Nelson Whakatū region