New Zealand has designated Wairarapa Moana Wetland as its newest Ramsar Site (no. 2432 on the List of Wetlands of International Importance). Wairarapa Moana,meaning “sea of glistening water” in the Māori language, is a culturally significant wetland on New Zealand’s North Island.
The largest wetland complex on the southern part of the Island, the site contains North Island’s third largest lake, the freshwater Lake Wairarapa.
It also includes diverse wetland environments including freshwater swamps and marshes, an estuarine lake (Lake Onoke), coastal marshes, river and streams, and extensive coastal shore habitats.
More than 50 rare and threatened species are found at the site, such as the endangered black-fronted tern (Chlidonias albostriatus).