A recent acquisition by the Nature Heritage Fund (NHF) will protect 14 ha of rare coastal forest in South Westland. The land represents one of the four National Priorities for Protection. There are significant quantities of mature rimu and kahikatea within the forest and its acquisition protects one of the few remaining blocks of intact podocarp-hardwood forest on fertile coastal plains south of Hokitika.
A special feature is kowhai and flax wetlands along one boundary of the block. Both plant species provide vital nectar for birds. The forest is also used as a habitat by kaka – a threatened native parrot.
The land was purchased from Mrs Mabel Buchanan and the Buchanan Family are pleased that the land that they have maintained in its natural state for such a long period of time will now be protected for future generations to enjoy.
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”
Many New Zealand families will be making the most of their summer break to travel around the country, while many businesses will be gearing up for the busy tourist season, says Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner
“In Canterbury region, tourism expenditure has grown by 8.4% since October 2015 and visitors have spent $3,388 m. Nationally, tourism expenditure is forecasted to grow by 65 per cent to $16 billion in 2022,” Ms Wagner says.
“This growth is helped by our country’s strong economy. Typically 180,000 New Zealanders are directly employed in tourism. The tourism sector is now our greatest export earner and bigger than the dairy industry.
“We recognise the need to maximise the benefits of tourism growth while also balancing pressures on local communities and infrastructure challenges to maintain high quality visitor experiences.
“The Government’s tourism strategy is continuing the better coordination of government efforts and spending to support growth in the sector.
“In addition to the $130 million we spend on tourism each year, the Government is investing a further $45 million over the next four years. This includes $12 million in regional infrastructure so that communities can accommodate increased demand. We are also assisting regions to attract the right mix of visitors across all regions, all year round.
“The Government’s Tourism Growth Partnership makes available $8 million a year exclusively to support innovative tourism projects in our regions.
“The New Zealand Cycle Trail is another great example. The trail has seen more than a million users in the last year and has generated around $37 million in economic benefits for local communities in 2015.
“The Government is working hard so that more visitors can enjoy New Zealand’s unique tourism opportunities and that all New Zealanders see the benefits of tourism growth,” Ms Wagner says.