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Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating A Native Forest

04/11/2019 at 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm

30 min documentary about Hinewai Nature Reserve, on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula.

About this Event

6.45pm: Doors open

7pm: Documentary

7.30pm: Discussion by Happen Films

Screening and discussion will be followed by the Lincoln Envirotown Trust Annual General Meeting, followed by drinks and refreshments.


Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest is a free 30-minute documentary about Hinewai Nature Reserve, on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson. When, in 1987, Hugh let the local community know of his plans to allow the introduced ‘weed’ gorse to grow as a nurse canopy to regenerate farmland into native forest, people were not only skeptical but outright angry – the plan was the sort to be expected only of “fools and dreamers”.

Now considered a hero locally and across the country, Hugh oversees 1500 hectares resplendent in native forest, where birds and other wildlife are abundant and 47 known waterfalls are in permanent flow. He has proven without doubt that nature knows best – and that he is no fool.

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community and Lincoln University.


6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
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15 Meijer Drive
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