Yesterday I met with representatives of the four groups in Gisborne helping wage the War on Weeds and protect native species from introduced predators and invasive plants.   These are four fantastic projects ranging from predator control to biodiversity projects and will provide a great boost to Gisborne’s conservation efforts.

In total, the DOC Community Fund will distribute more than $4 million in 2016-17 to organisations ranging from small community groups working across a single site to national partnerships.

Nga Uri o Te Kooti Rikirangi Settlement Trust received $30,000 to support the Matuku Enhancement Habitat Project at Matawhero which is a wetland restoration through weed and predator control designed to expand habitat for the Nationally Critical matuku/bittern.


Matawhero has a strong history for Nga Uri a Te Kooti Rikirangi, Community days a great way to share stories and learnings.

An aerial view that shows the agricultural landscape around Matawhero. Photo by Don McLean.

Te Poho o Rawiri Marae Committee (on behalf of Ngati Oneone, hapu Iwi of Ngati Porou) received $20,000 for weed eradication at Titirangi Maunga in Gisborne as part of ongoing restoration work between the District Council and Ngati Oneone


Community kaitiakitanga in action restoration planting with Kaiti School” Photo by Trudi Ngawhare

Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust received $18,000 to expand predator trapping at Maungataniwha to protect a wild population of kiwi and enable it to increase.

All the trapping and monitoring work of the Trust goes into protecting these rare species including the Whio” Photo by Rob Railton

Chairman Simon Hall ‘candling’ a Kiwi egg to determine age” Photo by Peter Heath.

Paikea-Whitireia Trust   received  $10,000 for the Pukehāpopō Re-Vegetation and Biodiversity Enhancement Project

Whangara Marae at sunset protected by Pukehapopo maunga behind”

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