Conservation projects supported by government funding
Improving wetlands, restoring mana from a famous natural spring, maintaining a native plant nursery, and protecting native species by reducing predators are all in a tranche of conservation projects supported by the funding. of the government’s Jobs for Nature program.
“What really impresses me about these projects is the way they strive to build on existing conservation work or recover lost natural heritage, habitats or important taonga species, alongside a commitment to train new employees, ”Conservation Minister Kiri Allan said.
“A good example is Te Mauri o Waihou, a project led by Raukawa iwi to restore Te Puna – the blue springs – near Putaruru, an area where high numbers of visitors have seen the gradual degradation of a truly beautiful place.
“Ngā wai o Te Nehenehenui is an initiative of Wai Ora River Care that will see more than 40,000 native trees cultivated, maintained and planted in Maniapoto. The project involves riparian planting and management on private and Maori lands.
“Pest and weed control is at the center of the Waipapa Pikiāriki project, with a local company committing to help protect several endangered native species, including the North Island kōkako and the whio in the forest. from Pūreora. Four field roles specifically designed to improve worker skills and provide practical skills advice for a career in pest management, are also being created.
“In the meantime, investment in ongoing work at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari – a mainland ecological island south of Cambridge surrounded by one of the longest pest control fences in the world – provides funding for four conservation cadet roles.
An urban conservation initiative led by the Mangaiti Restoration Trust and supported by the Waikato Environment Center (Go Eco) is also receiving additional funding to support its efforts to improve the Mangaiti Gully, which is home to a resident bat population. long-tailed.
“COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on our communities. It is extremely satisfying that as the economy reopens, the Jobs for Nature program is helping to create jobs in a sector that plays such an important role in protecting the country’s biodiversity in the future, ”Kiri said. Allan.
Te Mauri o Waihou run by Raukawa Charitable Trust, to restore and protect Te Puna / The Blue Spring; near Putaruru. Te Puna was previously a “hidden gem” but is now a popular tourist attraction. The $ 993,000 investment will employ 14 people over three years, with work including visitor infrastructure to mitigate visitor impacts on native flora and fauna, biodiversity and environmental plans and monitoring , as well as pest control and revegetation.
Ngā wai o Te Nehenehenui is an initiative of Wai Ora River Care aimed at restoring and revitalizing waterways in Te Nehenehenui (Maniapoto region). The one-year project was funded to the tune of $ 405,000, retaining six existing employees to propagate and plant native plants in the Mōkau watershed, which will respond to historic changes in land use.
Waipapa Pikiāriki is a two-year pest and weed control project in an environmentally friendly manner by Kaitiaki Pest Control Solutions. Funding of $ 760,000 will effectively control pests on 3,388 hectares in the Pikiāriki and Waipapa blocks of Pureora, helping to protect an area of great cultural and environmental significance and home to many species of taonga.
Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust received $ 589,416 to provide four conservation cadet roles for rangatahi on the Maunga which will focus on pest and species management and maintenance of infrastructure on the mountain, as well as associated training for young conservation professionals to get the job done.
Mangaiti Gully – A Hamilton-based organization received $ 653,359 for weed removal and shoreline planting over three years in a ravine within the city limits. Led by the Mangaiti Gully Restoration Trust and supported by the Waikato Environment Center (Go Eco), it aims to improve the Mangaiti Gully, which is part of Hamilton’s extensive ravine system. The majority of the work will be carried out by a small team of four staff, including interns and offender positions, overseen by the trust and supported by Hamilton City Council’s Parks and Recreation unit and the Department of Conservation. All four team members will be offered Wintec courses for work-related training and personal growth. The Trust has a number of valuable volunteers who will also contribute to the success of this restoration project.
(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)