Environmental Initiatives Fund Now Open + NMIT Predator & Weed Control Courses

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Waikato Regional Council’s Environmental Initiatives Fund is now open for applications

The 2019 funding round opened on 13 May. The EIF is for community-based projects which directly benefit the environment or provide environmental education. The maximum grant is $40,000.

For more information on eligibility and funding criteria please see the WRC website 

Applications are to be made online through the website link to SmartyGrants. Applicants are encouraged to preview the application form and discuss their projects with council staff before submitting an application.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 14 June 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in mid-August 2019.

If you have any questions about the fund please contact Judy van Rossem on 07 859 0893 or email eif@waikatoregion.govt.nz


NMIT Predator & Weed Control Courses Available in Waikato

(please follow links fo more info)

Introduction to Predator Trapping Methods LEVEL 3

1 November 2019

Workshop 5-6 November (Hamilton)


Advanced Animal Pest Control Methods LEVEL 4

22 July 2019

Workshop 29 July - 2 Aug, Thames


Weed Management (Principles and Best Practice) LEVEL 4

16 September 2019

Workshop 24-26 Sept, Thames




Kiwibank Predator Free Communities funding round is now open! 1st - 18th May 2019

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The next Kiwibank Predator Free Communities funding round is now open! 
Submissions are open from Wednesday 1st May 2019 until Saturday 18th May 2019 and the application form can be found by clicking here on the Predator Free NZ website.
Please encourage your groups to read the FAQ's to ensure they meet the criteria of this programme. 
Predator free NZ expects to announce the successful communities on our website and Facebook in early in June 2019



Hamilton Urban Restoration Workshop, May 24th & Update on Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park

Posted 7 months, 17 days ago    0 comments

Kia ora e te forum,

The Waikato Biodiversity Forum and People, Cites, Nature are very pleased to invite you to our upcoming Hamilton Urban Restoration Workshop, on the 24th of May!

Please register to peoplecitiesnature@gmail.com with your name, organisation & dietary requirements by the May 3rd.

The event starts at The Long RoomWintec City Campus at 8:30am.

After lunch, we will move to Waiwhakarke Natural Heritage Park for field workshops.

A detailed programme will be sent to those registered closer to the event date.

Feel free to pass on the attached flyer to your networks!

Hamilton Urban Restoration Workshop (1).pdf


Update on Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park

Reconstruction of the five ecosystems integral to the Waikato landscape is well underway. About 33% of the 60 hectares has now been planted…. an ongoing process since 2004. 

However, at this time the Park is closed to the public. Hamilton City Council has allocated $760,000.00 to be spent in this financial year, 2019. This money will be used to facilitate the works needed to have the Park ready for public use later in the year. Works include a loop track, 2 viewing platforms over the peat lake, toilet facilities and interpretive signage.

 Meantime mark Friday, 31st May in your diary as that is the date for the Arbor Day planting at the Park this year. We hope to see as many neighbours as possible join in the event with the hundreds of school children and others already booked in. For anyone who has been to these events, it is a magical sight to see so many young people involved in preparing such a wonderful asset for generations to come.

Even though the Park is officially closed to the public, releasing and planting will continue. So we would like to see as many people as possible join us on the last Saturday of every month.  We meet at Brymer Road car park opposite the Hamilton Zoo at 9am and finish planting by 12 noon. Please be there with your morning tea, gumboots and a spade. For further information go to https://www.facebook.com/waiwhakarekenaturalheritagepark/ 

Catherine Smith, for Tui 2000 Inc.

Arbor day 2018

Waikato Biodiversity Forum Newsletter Autumn 2019 Issue 61

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Enjoy the latest newsletter :) Nga mihi nui to the contributors!

waikato biodiversity forum newsletter Autumn 2018 number 61.pdf

Indigenous Lizards Workshop @ Maungatautari Mountain Sanctuary, April 16th

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Please follow this link to register for our up-coming (Tues April 16th) Indigenous Lizard Workshop, co-hosted and held at the beautiful Maungatautari Mountain Sanctuary. This will be a child, adult and in-between friendly event. See the link for more details!



Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund Opens March 11 - Closes March 29.

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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: 11 March 2019, 9:00 am
Applications close: 29 March 2019, 5:00 pm

Note the March 2019 round is a special round open to community groups only. Individual landowners can apply in the July 2019 funding round.

» » » (external link)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.


Follow this link for more information.

Reminder – WCEET’s Annual Funding Round Closes 31st March 2019

Posted 8 months, 22 days ago    0 comments

Reminder – WCEET’s Annual Funding Round Closes 31st March 2019

The Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust is seeking applications for its 2019 funding round for ecological enhancement projects in the Lake Taupo and Waikato River catchments.  Applications close on 31 March 2019.  Funding will go towards assisting organisations, agencies and individuals with projects that foster and enhance the sustainable management of ecological resources in the Lake Taupo and Waikato River catchments.

Since 2004, WCEET has distributed over $5.4 million throughout the Waikato catchment with a further $1.6 million committed over the next five years.

WCEET supports projects throughout the catchment that maintain and enhance indigenous biodiversity, sports fisheries and game bird populations.  

To obtain an application form or further information about the Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust email:enquiries@wceet.org.nz or visit www.wceet.org.nz




Larnie Chrystall


P +64 7 858 8501   M +64 027 523 4331

E  larnie.chrystall@mercury.co.nz   www.wceet.org.nz



Newsletter Reminder and Waiwhakareke Forum Day Date Decided!

Posted 8 months, 25 days ago    0 comments

Kia ora e te forum,

Waikato Biodiversity Forum Newsletter

If you have forgotten to send in your newsletter item, or it's slipped off the to-do list...please send it to me ASAP to make the March edition :) 


Waiwhakareke Forum day

The Waikato Biodiversity Forum and People, Cities, Nature are pleased to confirm the date of Friday the 24th of May for their forum/workshop day focused on biodiversity restoration, with the overarching theme of "collaboration".

The event will be held at Wintec City Campus in the morning and Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park in the afternoon

Please save this date!!

Program and invitation to come...