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Arthur’s Pass Weed Blitz

28/11/2020 at 8:00 am - 29/11/2020 at 5:00 pm

This event is an amazing community experience! With a collaboration of groups and a bit of mahi, we can really make a difference!

Ecosystems on the braided rivers rely on the rolling movement of greywacke river stones to channel the rivers wide and shallow. This enables species to feed and thrive and camouflage. Introduced plants such as Russell lupins give structure to the braid. This creates islands and channels deepen. The ecosystem is changed with less area for nesting and predators have somewhere to hide and get close to nesting birds.

Many species are now critially endangered. The ngutuparore (wrybill) is the only bird in the whole world with a beak that curves to the right. This helps them flick stones over and get insects such as the mayfly. There are now less than 5,000 left.

The Arthur’s Pass community remove as many weeds as they can, but it is a small community so let’s help them out!

There will be 4 working bees during the weekend and you are welcome to join in as many or as few as you like.
The Arthur’s Community welcome us to join in with a potluck dinner in the evening. Bring along some food to share!

Some Useful Links

To register go to
To enquire about accommodation and/or transport please email Donna Lusby at

Working bees are:
10:30am -12:30pm
2:30pm – 4:30pm
both days 28 and 29 November

Come for as many or as few working bees as you like. Come along and help make a difference!!!

If you would like to discuss getting together a group from Christchurch please email or contact Kat 021 744 909 by text or phone.

Poster:  If you would like to access the poster below to print or share with friends click on the link here.Braided Art Paintings:  Sandie Brown and Therese Boustead are local artists, and both have produced artwork inspired by the beauty of the braided rivers. Sandie and Therese have kindly offered these amazing paintings with a portion of proceeds to go towards braided river protection. Painting will be put up for auction on Trademe on 20 November unless an offer is agreed prior.

This is an amazing opportunity to have an art piece in your own home, so you can appreciate the braided rivers everyday! Amazing artwork for an amazing cause!

Copies of the paintings are included below but you can come into the Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens and view the actual paintings.

For more information about the artists:
Therese Boustead’s website can be viewed here.
Sandie Brown’s website can be viewed here


28/11/2020 at 8:00 am
29/11/2020 at 5:00 pm
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Conservation Volunteers New Zealand
021 457 568
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