North Shore’s natural environment was given a further boost last week with $158,000 awarded to local organisations through the 2018/2019 Regional Environment and Natural Heritage Grant programme funding round.
The Kaipātiki Project, Pest Free Kaipātiki, and Beyond the Fence were awarded grants over the next three years, in part funded by the Natural Environment Targeted Rate.
North Shore Ward Councillor Richard Hills says it was fantastic to be in a position to support local organisations doing tremendous work in the community.
“Our community is better and healthier for the work each person involved with these groups puts in every day,” says Councillor Hills.
“The Natural Environment Targeted Rate has been vital for the North Shore. It enabled us to act quickly after kauri dieback was discovered in our bush and is now allowing us to support the community groups who sustain our environment with a significant funding boost.”
North Shore Ward Councillor Chris Darby was pleased to see North Shore's natural environment recognised and protected.
“Nature provides the city’s breathing space, which needs nurturing as our city grows,” says Councillor Darby.
“The council’s funding of passionate North Shore groups that care for the green lungs of Auckland will help nurture that precious nature for generations to come.”
Successful grant applications from the Kaipātiki Local Board area included the following:
The Kaipātiki Project
- $27,000 over three years toward Enviro North Partners
- $9000 toward EcoFest North; $15,000 toward their Community Teaching Nursery
- $10,000 toward a trial of methodology of non-chemical weed control.
Pest Free Kaipātiki
- $55,000 across three years for Kaipatiki Restoration Network
- $22,000 toward the Kaipatiki Predator Blitz programme
- $20,000 over one year for the Annual Kaipatiki Chew Card Campaign and Informative Signage Project.
Beyond the Fence (under the umbrella of Le Roys Bush and Little Shoal Bay Reserves Charitable Trust)
- $10,000 toward a halo project of weed and pest control around Le Roys Bush