Holding Conservation Week Events + Operation Tidy Fox

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Conservation Week this year is a celebration of 50 years of Conservation Weeks!

And more importantly a celebration of the work already done in conservation, the people and groups who have achieved big and little conservation gains over the years.

It is a great opportunity  to engage people with our biodiversity and inspire them to take action to conserve it.

If any forum members are considering holding an event in the near future, it would add to the impact of Conservation Week if the events can be arranged during conservation week.

There are resources available to publicise the events and link them into the wider national Conservation Week.

If you are keen to help spread the message during Conservation Week, the attached document has ideas and resources, as well as access to some beautiful artwork!

Conservation Week 2019 - Community Partners .pdf


Operation Tidy Fox is gaining momentum with more and more volunteers enrolling.

At the last count they had gone from 6-7 a day to 90 a day, which is fantastic.

They can use more though as there is a race against the weather, to get it cleaned up before the rains come.

If anyone would like to know more and how to volunteer, this article is very helpful, and includes a link to register.


Biodiversity Forum Winter Newsletter + Multicultural Tree Planting @Waiwhakareke August 17th

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Thank you to all those that contributed to the Biodiversity Forum Winter 2019 Newsletter attached below. Enjoy the read!

waikato biodiversity forum newsletter Autumn 2019 number 62.pdf


Connecting the Waitoa Planting Days 14th and 21st of July + Hamilton Biodiversity Strategy Drop-in Session 17th July

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Connecting the Waitoa planting Days this coming Sunday the 14th and next Sunday the 21st of July - Check out the flyer for below details

Waitoa Community Planting Days_14 & 21 July 2019-2.pdf


Hamilton Biodiversity Strategy Drop-in Evening  - 17th of July 3pm until 6pm, See flyer below for details!



Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund Open July 1st - July 26th

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Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund

The Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund (SSCIF) supports volunteer community groups and individual landowners undertaking ecological restoration through animal and plant pest control. 

Open/close dates

Applications open: 1 July 2019, 9:00 am
Applications close: 26 July 2019, 5:00 pm

CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW(external link)

How much is available?

$150,000 per year. The SSCIF is funded through the uniform annual general charge rate.

How much can you apply for?

Up to $5,000.


List of available Plants from Puniu River Care Trust

The plants we have available are as follows;
Note: others have the same list and it may be subject to change.
Thanks for the support.
Contact is Sean Wanden, sean@puniuinc.org

NZ Biosecurity Awards - Open Now until 5pm on 24 July 2019!

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The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to protecting our country. It's our way of celebrating people and organisations across the country who are contributing to New Zealand's biosecurity – in our communities, businesses, iwi and hapū, universities, government agencies, in the bush, and in our backyards.

If you or someone you know is doing great work to protect New Zealand against pests and diseases, it’s time to shine a light on their achievements.Entries for this year's awards are open until 5pm on 24 July 2019.

Information about the award categories, criteria, and how to enter are on the 'Ko Tātou This Is Us' website.

*If you are unable to nominate a group due to a conflict of interest, please pass on the nomination with all the relevent information to meet award criteria by July 14th (see entry details on the 'Ko Tātou This Is Us' website) to the forum and we may be able to submit on your behalf.



Vacancies for Environmental Education Facilitators at Waikato Regional Council

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We are looking for passionate individuals who are keen to support environmental education on a two year contract basis.

We have several Facilitator roles, as well as a Lead Facilitator role.

Do you have a passion for sustainable change? A desire to empower a new generation of young environment champions and sustainable leaders? Are you a strong community networker, and effective communicator? Do you enjoy supporting and mentoring peers? We are looking for new facilitators across the Waikato.

This work involves working with Enviroschools’ and Trees for Survival lead teachers, student envirogroups, and other members of school communities to assist each school to engage in a process of change towards more sustainable communities.

The role involves collaborating, and facilitating knowledge sharing with the group of facilitators working across the region, local territory authorities, community groups, and other environmental education providers. A significant component of planning, organisation, facilitation, mentoring and networking is key to achieving these aims.

The role has flexible working hours, opportunities for professional development and on-going team and coaching support to enable delivery of the programmes. The contract will be for two years, with an average of 20-30 working hours per week as managed by yourself.

For more information and to apply, head to our careers page! http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/council/careers

Applications close 18 June 2019

Forum Newsletter Reminder and Rat-trap Boxes & Cage Available for Community Groups (pick up asap!)

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Waikato Biodiversity Forum Newsletter Item Request

Please email in your items for the winter edition of the Biodiversity Forum newsletter by June 18th. Newsletter items can be anywhere between 150 and 450 words, with a photo, preferably hi resolution.


Rat-trap boxes and Cage Traps available for community Groups

DOC Hamilton have come into possession of 110 wooden rat-trap boxes constructed from recycled pellets as well as 30 cage traps. Please contact the forum if you would like to pick up any of these from DOC Rostrevor st for your predator free group. Priority will be given to those who can take larger quantities and who can pick them up ASAP to make distribution easier!


Biodiversity Forum Newsletter Item Request + Arbor Day + Funding Workshops and Lee Reynolds Fund Open

Posted 5 months, 27 days ago    0 comments

Biodiversity Forum Newsletter Item Request

Yes, it's time again for our quarterly forum newsletter! Please send in your newsletter items by the 18th of June for the Winter 2019 edition.

Click here to view previous issues. 



Funding Workshops

Come to free workshops by local community funders. Topics include: funding tips, planning and preparation, what makes a successful application, budgeting, accountability, and alternative income sources.
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Len Reynolds Trust - Environment Funding Round Now Open
Closes 21 June 2019
This fund aims:
+ To increase water quality of our rivers;
+ To establish or maintain community gardens;
+ To restore the natural environment;
+ To preserve/increase native plants;
+ To reduce waste from landfill;
+ To increase the opportunities for people to enjoy the natural environment while protecting the natural environment at the same time

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