World Rivers
& Fish Migration Day 2020

10am - 3pm
Sunday 27 September 2020

Now to be held INSIDE (thanks to the forecast weather) South Library and boardroom area, Colombo Street, Christchurch.

Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network's World Rivers Day Celebration 2020 has combined forces with World Fish Migration Day to become bigger, better and is now World Rivers & Fish Migration Day!!

Well it just makes sense.

Join us at our central hub at South Library on Colombo St with displays, workshops, activities, music, a small planting along the river banks, the photo competition prize-giving, a free barbeque, wander around with a giant kōkopu, draw some river critters, and find some fun facts to win prizes.

World Rivers Day is an annual international event, and one of the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network (OHRN) planned annual events to celebrate the river, the groups along the river and to bring people together. World Fish Migration Day (also an annual international event) was to be held in May, but was postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown, but helps swell our participant numbers to include DoC, Niwa, University of Canterbury, Fulton Hogan, and others.

We hope to see you there!

Event timetable



Event opens

Welcome by Annabelle, chair of the OHRN
Fish puppet parade
Waiata by local preschools

Stalls & Activities:

Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network

Ōpāwaho Heathcote Community Groups

Wildlings station run by Stacey from Beckenham Kindy

Fulton Hogan/Christchurch Northern Corridor Alliance - Highways and waterways

Healthy Ōpāwaho art & activity table with Working Waters Trust

Department of Conservation - fish barriers, invasive species

EOS Ecology - īnaka

University of Canterbury with native fish

Environment Canterbury - Stormwater Superheroes 

Enviroschools invertebrate investigation

NIWA - tuna/eels

Predator Free Ōpāwaho/Summit Rd Society

Ecogard - plant protectors



Workshops begin:

  • Make a tracking tunnel with Predator Free Port Hills
  • What weed? with Alice Shanks
  • Water quality testing and invertebrates with ECan
  • Tī kōuka weaving with Rekindle
  • All about īnaka with EOS Ecology
  • All about tuna (eels) with Niwa
  • Kids activities and games all over the show!

And quite possibly more.

11 am


Planting beside the river with CCC Ranger Heidi [please take care crossing the street]



Free BBQ Koha welcome :)



Photo-competition prize-giving



Workshops continue