Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society
The Mount Pirongia Restoration Society was established in 2002 with the goal to see kokako and other key indigenous species reintroduced to the mountain.
Kessels Ecology has been involved with the Society since its establishment, offering both financial sponsorship and volunteering of time and expertise. Some of the work of the Society has included pest control, indigenous plantings, the reintroduction of North Island robins and kokako, and monitoring and protection of the threatened wood rose (Dactylanthus taylorii) populations.
Karioi Maunga was established with the vision of restoring the biodiversity on Mt. Karioi from mountain to the sea. Some of their work include undertaking predator control over 2,000 ha of land, monitoring seabird breeding sites, promoting landowner participation in pest control, and education programmes with kids and youths – Karioi Kids and Karioi Rangers.
5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for the River Science
In November 2017, Hamilton City hosted the 5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science, in conjunction with the IPENZ/Water NZ Rivers Group and the NZ Freshwater Sciences Society. The theme of the symposium was ‘Integrating Multiple Aquatic Values’ with a focus on understanding the variety of goods and services provided by working rivers. The conference drew expert scientists from around the world and offered relevant and newly discovered scientific knowledge on a wide range of topics in the field of river science. Kessels Ecology was a proud sponsor of this international conference.
ERA 2016 Conference – Restoring resilience across all environments
In November 2016, the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) and Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) presented the joint ERA 2016 conference with the theme of ‘Restoring resilience across all environments’. The conference offered presentations on a wide range of topics relating to ecological restoration and had a strong community focus with a student’s day, a science open day for community members, and presentation streams on communities and co-management and citizen science. Popular topics of discussion included bat ecology, pest control, and weed management. Kessels Ecology proudly sponsored the event and multiple staff members presented at the conference.
University of Waikato Student Prize
Kessels Ecology has sponsored one the of the University of Waikato’s top science students to recognise the high calibre of their work. Our company provides a Kessels Ecology Award at the University of Waikato Postgraduate Conference which includes a prize of $500 to the student. This year’s winner was PhD candidate Rachel Nepia who is undertaking research to understand the role and impact of honey bees in native forests.