Urban Restoration Research

Urban restoration is led by Prof. Bruce Clarkson and his research group. A copy of the report summarising recent work at Waiwhakareke is now available (1.1MB pdf file).

See Bruce Clarkson's presentation to the NZ Ecological Society on a Perfect City (2.1MB pdf file).

Survey of both the native and introduced flora and fauna present at Waiwhakareke (Horseshoe Lake) is
being undertaken as a baseline measure for restoration work which began in 2004. A vegetation
description and plant and bird species lists can be found here (72KB word doc).

Dai Morgan and Joe Waas (CBER) and John Innes (Landcare Research) are researching nest predation in Hamilton City. Find out more.... (82KB pdf file)

Ecological restoration of urban gullies

A presentation to the 16th International Conference, Society for Ecological Restoration, August 24-26, 2004, Victoria, Canada on ecological restoration in Hamilton City, New Zealand, is available here (558KB pdf file).

Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park - workshop and community planting

On 6 November 2005 a workshop was held at the University of Waikato to examine the restoration of the 60-ha Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park in Hamilton, and the 3 ha Horseshoe Lake contained within the park boundaries. The park is at present farmland within Hamilton City, and this important urban restoration project is the subject of 4-year funding from the Foundation for Science, Research and Technology. The project lead by Assoc. Prof. Bruce Clarkson of the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Waikato, who is collaborating with the Hamilton City Council. Following the workshop, wetland plants provided by the Hamilton City Council were planted at the lake edge by about 50 volunteers of all ages. All of the plants were raised by the Hamilton City Council from eco-sourced seed.

Indigenous vegetation types of Hamilton Ecological District

Prof. Bruce Clarkson has recently produced a report describing the indigenous vegetation types of Hamilton Ecological District. A 185 KB pdf file may be downloaded from here.