Kia ora koutou
Since the last newsletter I have officially taken over as Chair and I would like to thank Greg for his nine years of service as Chair. Greg has led the trust with dedication and humility and the whole of the board are very grateful for the work he has put in promoting the Trust.
Each year in September the trustees get together for an in-person meeting. Our numbers were down this year, largely due to Covid, but those of us who were able to make it took the opportunity to celebrate Greg's time as Chair as well as a significant birthday milestone! Our talented Trustee Alison Waru presented Greg with a beautiful taonga she had created especially for the occasion on behalf of the Trust. Thankfully Greg is staying on as a trustee so thank you Greg!
The year is moving on very quickly and it is only a few months till our next conference. As you'll see below registrations are now open so get in quick as capacity is limited and the early birds get a discounted price! A massive thanks to AUT Environmental Science Department for hosting and organizing the conference and providing sponsorship.
In line with conference theme of measuring progress, just a reminder that one of the tools that the Coastal Restoration Trust has developed is the coastal monitoring database: https://monitoring.coastalrestorationtrust.org.nz. This site provides a quick and simple method of measuring and monitoring dune health as well as collecting the data and allowing for easy comparison between sites and transects. So if you haven't used this site yet try giving it a go over the summer and if you have – is it time to remeasure your transects?
Season's greetings to you all and I look forward to seeing many of you at the conference in March.
Noho ora mai
Laura Shaft – Chair