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World Wetlands Day Youth Photo Competition

Young people from 15 to 24 yrs are in with a chance to win international travel by entering the World Wetlands Day youth photo competition, from 2 February to 2 March 2015.



The Department of Conservation is
encouraging young people to take a picture of their favourite wetland on their
phone or camera, and upload it to the World Wetlands Day website between 2
February and 2 March 2015.  (http://www.worldwetlandsday.org/ ) The winner
will receive a free flight to a famous wetland of their choice anywhere in the
world, courtesy of Star Alliance Biosphere Connections.



World Wetlands Day is on 2
February, Nelson Anniversary Day. This date marks the adoption of the International
Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar.



The theme for World Wetlands Day
2015 is “Wetlands for our future; Te tirohanga ā mua mō ngā māria”. 



Wetlands play an essential role in our
environment including filtering and cleansing water, providing critical habitat
for many plants and animals and acting as a natural shield to protect our landscape
through absorbing water runoff and providing a controlled release of water to
lakes, rivers and our coast.  They are
extremely high value sites.



Some of the more visible wetlands in Nelson and Tasman are:



Delaware Bay



Delaware Bay, northwest of Nelson contains tidal estuary, coastal flats
and salt marsh.    Wakapuaka Estuary is a
tidal estuary of 380 hectares protected by Pepin Island and the causeway at
Cable Bay.  Paremata flats surround the
mouth of the Wakapuaka River where it drains into the estuary. 






Nelson Haven



Nelson Haven is an extensive area of tidal flats separated from
Tasman Bay by the Boulder Bank.  The area is regularly completely
drowned and exposed by tidal action, and provides rich feeding grounds for fish
and birds.






Waimea Inlet



Waimea Inlet is an
extensive shallow bar-built estuary open to the sea at the western (Mapua) and
eastern (Nelson) ends of Rabbit Island. Fifty species of waterfowl have been
recorded at the inlet. There are 10 islands within the estuary.



Moutere Inlet



Moutere Inlet is a moderate-sized (755ha) shallow tidal lagoon immediately to
the east of Motueka, protected from Tasman Bay by the Kina Peninsula.






Te Waikoropupū



Te Waikoropupū Springs,
discharging 14,000 litres of water per second, are the largest freshwater
springs in New Zealand, the largest cold water springs in the Southern
Hemisphere, and contain some of the clearest water ever measured.



Parapara Inlet



between Takaka and Collingwood, Parapara Inlet is a tidal estuary at the mouth
of the Parapara River.






Farewell Spit



Recognised as a wetland of
international importance, Farewell Spit features saltmarsh, open mudflats,
freshwater and brackish lakes, along with sand beaches and dunes.



Mangarakau Swamp



This is a large, relatively
pristine freshwater swamp at the southern end of the Whanganui Inlet, south of
Farewell Spit, on the West Coast.



Further information is available
on the World Wetlands Day website at



Article type: News and information


Cost: free

Contact Name: Kath Inwood
Contact Phone: 03 546 3151
Contact Email: kainwood@doc.govt.nz