January 04, 2017
Conservation funds boost iwi efforts
Iwi conservation projects around Gisborne and Waikato have been boosted with grants from the Department of Conservation Community Fund.
Rongowhakaata’s Nga Uri o Te Kooti Rikirangi Settlement Trust got $30,000 for weed and predator control at a Matawhero wetland. The aim of the project is to expand the habitat for the critically endangered matuku or bittern.
Te Poho o Rawiri Marae Committee got $20,000 for weed eradication at Titirangi Maunga in Kaiti as part of ongoing restoration work between the Gisborne District Council and Ngati Oneone.
Paikea-Whitireia Trust got $10,000 to revegetate Pukehapopo maunga at Whangara.
And in central Waikato, the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust got $18,000 to expand predator trapping at Maungataniwha. The aim is to protect a wild population of kiwi and enable it to increase.
The DOC Community Fund expects to distribute more than $4 million in 2016-17 to organisations ranging from small community groups working across a single site to national partnerships.
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