Auckland community groups with projects ranging from early childhood education to habitat restoration and pest control have been granted more than $690,000 from the Department of Conservation's new Community Conservation Partnerships Fund.
The fund, announced in March 2014, has approximately $26 million dollars set aside to distribute to community groups for important conservation work over the next four years.
In the first year, more than $8.5 million dollars has been granted to support more than 100 community-based conservation groups around the country to work on conservation projects alongside the Department of Conservation (DOC).
The funded projects include initiatives on Great Barrier Island, Motutapu Island, Motuihe/Motu-a-Ihenga Island, Tiritiri Matangi Island, as well as marine spaces and mainland areas.
Two education initiatives focusing on growing an understanding of kaitiakitanga, in a primary school pilot and at an iconic marine reserve (Motu Haawere/Goat Island), have received funding. DOC is pleased to support new initiatives with the Ngati Tamaoho Trust and Manuhiri Kaitiaki Charitable Trust amongst others.
DOC's Auckland Conservation Partnerships Director Meg Poutasi says every New Zealander has a stake in protecting our natural environment, including our special places, plants and animals.
"For many years DOC has worked with iwi, volunteers, trusts and businesses who are passionate about the places we live in. These groups highly value our local green and blue spaces and connect people to nature through their conservation work," she says.
"DOC is continuing its commitment to these highly valued groups. We're delighted for all New Zealanders that there are individuals, iwi and businesses who commit their time and energy to leading these activities and who support the work that we do."