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Environmental projects secure Regional Council funding

Friday, 15 July 2011 2:30 p.m.

Bay of Plenty wetland projects were the big winners in Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Environmental Enhancement Fund major annual funding round.

A floating wetland in Lake Rotorua, a restoration project in Oropi, Tauranga and enhancement work in Poroporo, Pahou and Rewatu in the eastern Bay are just a few of the successful projects to receive funding this year.

Wilding pine removal on Mount Pūtauaki (Mount Edgecumbe) also received significant support from the fund. The Nga Maunga Kaitiaki Trust has been granted $30,000, to remove wilding pines (a pest plant) from Mount Pūtauaki which is considered a regionally significant high value ecological site.

The Environmental Enhancement Fund subcommittee granted $235,000 to 16 groups from across the region. Funding recipients included 13 applicants to the major under $30,000 fund and three to He Matapuna Akoranga a Hawea Vercoe - Hawea Vercoe Commemoration Fund which launched this year.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Group Manager Corporate Services Brian Trott was impressed by the applications submitted and said the projects reflected the awareness and passion communities have for the environment.

"As well as environmental benefits most of the applications identified community participation, awareness and involvement as key aspects to their project's success. It's always inspiring to see groups with motivated volunteers who are committed to shared goals," Mr Trott said.

Two Kohanga Reo and a Kura Kaupapa Māori received $11,800 funding for projects under He Matapuna Akoranga a Hawea Vercoe - Hawea Vercoe Commemoration Fund. The fund was established to support the late Regional Councillor Hawea Vercoe's passion for education and the environment.

"All of the successful projects in the commemoration fund not only focussed on environmental benefits but also identified educational aspects which was in keeping with the purpose of the fund," he said.

During the last financial year 16 under $5,000 grants were also granted from the Environmental Enhancement Fund. Applications to the under $5,000 fund are year round.

Regional Council has allocated more than $7 million dollars to over 400 projects during the past 10 years through the Environmental Enhancement Fund. A full list of successful projects is attached.


For further media information please contact Brian Trott, Group Manager Corporate Services on 0800 884 880 or 021 923337 or Linda Thompson, Senior Communications Advisor, direct dial 0800 884 881 ext 8149 or (021) 923 339.

Click here to download a high res version of this image of Monika Lanham Reserve

Environmental Enhancement Fund - major fund recipients (applications up to $30,000)




Kawerau Intermediate School

Create a habitat to introduce threatened native plant species and protect the existing habitat at Monika Lanham reserve, Kawerau.


Gideon's Valley Trust

Restore a wetland area at Oropi, Tauranga by clearing existing weed species and revegetating with native plant species.


Apanui Primary School

Establish cycle and walking trails in the grounds of Apanui School, Whakatāne.


Tūhoe Tuawhenua Trust

Implement Stage 2 of a revegetation project at areas of ngahere, Ruatāhuna.


Nga Rangatahi o Pūkeko Whanui Trust

Remove noxious plants, replant with native plants / trees and enhance wetland areas at Poroporo, Pahou and Rewatu.


Rerewhakaaitu Resident Restoration Group

Carry out willow/weed control and revegetate the Awaroa Stream bed with indigenous vegetation.


Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society

To implement a comprehensive shorebird protection project covering key nesting sites from Ōtamarākau to Waiaua.


Warahoe Hapū Trust

Create a native plant reserve on a historical site Tokitareke in Te Mahoe Valley.


Womens Health League - Ōhinemutu Branch

Construct a floating wetland on Lake Rotorua and introduce Water is Life education at Rotorua Primary School.


Nga Maunga Kaitiaki Trust

Continue to carry out weed control on Mount Pūtauaki, Kawerau.


Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust

Control the populations of possums, rats and stoats in the 240 ha control area in the Kaimai-Mamaku Conservation Park to allow the recovery of forest flora and fauna.


Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rotoiti

Create a native flora and fauna sanctuary incorporating a walking trail in the shape of Lake Rotoiti at Rotoiti Primary School.


Te Kohanga Reo o Te Hikuwai

Design and construct a native flora and fauna nursery at Rotoiti Primary School to provide a constant and sustainable resource to local community, Marae and other kura.


He Matapuna Akoranga a Hawea Vercoe - Hawea Vercoe Commemoration Fund successful projects




Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Matai

Integrate Tapuika environmental teachings into the tamariki learning curriculum and plant native plant species around the Kura grounds.


Patutaatahi Kohanga Reo

Create a native planting area on the Patutaatahi Kohanga Reo driveway and car park.


Te Kohanga Reo o Poike

To implement a Manaakitanga o Papatuanuku project at Te Kohanga Reo o Poike including vegetable gardening, recycling and planting trees.


Environmental Enhancement Fund - under $5,000 recipients




Te Puna Quarry Park

Continue to enhance the environment where butterflies can feed and reproduce and be a study area for schools and the public.


Te Tumu Kaituna 11B2 Trust

Prevent damage and erosion to coastal foredunes and promote restoration of the coastal foredune system.


Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Rotoiti

Construct a floating wetland to aid in improving water quality, environmental and educational use.


Nukuhou Inanga Habitat Recovery Group

Create additional spawning habitat for inanga in an offline bench next to the Nukuhou River.


Arataki Kindergarten

Install plumbing for rainwater harvest system for shared garden and playground.


Awakeri Playcentre

Improve site usage by centre children by incorporating four natural "discovery zones" for enjoyment, discovery and learning about the natural environment.


Te Onepū Wetland Care Group

Erect signage, build pathways and construct crossing within the wetland.


Waiōrere - Noxious Weed Control Project

Control and ultimately eradicate poisonous and noxious weeds from out tribal lands at Ōmaio / Waiōrere


Tauranga Track Maintenance Volunteers

Continue maintenance repair and upgrade Department of Conservation walking tracks and pest control for Kiwi Trust.


Te Waimana Kaaku Tribal Executive

Remove weed and pest plants and to tidy public areas within Te Urewera National Park.


Pirirakau Incorporated Society

Provide native plants to form a cultural memorial at Ongarahu Pa and provide protection for future erosion.


Ngatuhoa Lodge Outdoor Education

Clear all windfalls off the overland track to Te Rere and Oturu falls.


Sanctuary Park Trust

Improve the access to Sanctuary Bird Park, Joyce Road, Tauranga.


Mount Maunganui Underwater Club

Establish baseline data of structural condition of SS Taupō and biodiversity survey.


West End Morning Glory

Eradicate morning glory (convolvulus) from 43-48 West End, Ōhope hillside.


Mount Ngongotahā Bush Restoration Trust

Enhance the nature look track on Mount Ngongotahā with interpretation panels.


























Click here to download a high res version of this image of Monika Lanham Reserve

Kawerau Intermediate School has received funding from Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Environmental Enhancement Fund for restoration work on Monika Lanham Reserve.

EEF Monika Lanham Reserve lowres