The Northland Conservation Board welcomes the new Community Conservation Partnership Fund announced by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith on 30 March 2014.
Northland Conservation Board Chair Mita Harris says, "The $26 million fund will provide a much-needed boost to conservation projects carried out by community organisations over the next four years. Private landowners, groups, whanau/hapu/iwi can apply."
"The Board wants to stress that time is of the essence as applications for the first round of the Fund close on 1 May 2014."
Planting day on Urupukapuka Island in the Bay of Islands as part of Kids Restore Project Island Song
"The Board is excited that the funding is targeting practical, on-the-ground projects. This includes biodiversity work on land and water, as well as recreation, and work that offers the wider community opportunities to engage with conservation," says Mr Harris.
Mr Harris said the Board would be happy to provide advice and support with applications where possible. "This is a natural extension to the Board's regular Public Forums, which provide a platform for ongoing dialogue between the Northland community and the Board, says Mr Harris. "We regularly hear presentations from conservation groups or individuals seeking support for important conservation work. This new Fund offers an opportunity to further those projects."
Mr Harris says, "So many worthwhile conservation projects here in Northland could be advanced with additional funding. Many of these projects rely entirely on passionate volunteers who work tirelessly from restoring habitats for native wildlife, controlling pests and weeds, and protecting shorebirds, to planting trees, or maintaining walking tracks."
Mr Harris said the Fund acknowledged the importance of all New Zealanders working together to make a bigger difference for conservation.