Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Government funds biodiversity on private land

Government funds biodiversity on private land

The Conservation Department and Environment Ministry are giving 58 groups more than $3.2 million to promote and care for plant and animal life on private land.

Environment Minister Marian Hobbs said bush, streams, birds and plants were important for communities and the public funding would be spent on initiatives to save kiwi, restore streams, plant trees, eradicate pests and provide advice to landowners.

"The work the groups do is vital for our future," she said. "By helping others to improve biodiversity in their area, they’re creating a better life for us all."

Conservation Minister Chris Carter said the money came from the Biodiversity Advice Fund, which supported ideas and advice on nature protection, and the Biodiversity Condition Fund, which directly funded groups that protected, restored and enhanced nature protection on private land.

"There are many positive people and communities out there keen to make a difference in protecting nature and we are happy to reinforce their initiatives and their enterprise," Chris Carter said.

The projects range from a major community consultation project to restore biodiversity on Great Barrier Island to a restoration plan for a major Hawkes Bay River; from a major kiwi initiative in Northland to significant support for the restoration of the Pauatahanui Inlet near Wellington; from wetland and fresh water protection in Nelson to helping fund protection of the yellow eyed penguin in Otago.

"These funds are just one part of the government's package for biodiversity on private land," the ministers said. "They sit alongside the Queen Elizabeth the Second National Trust, the Nature Heritage Fund, Nga Whenua Rahui and all the other projects that are part of this government's determination to save New Zealand's biological wealth."

Applications for the next round of funding open on August 4 and close on September 29.

For more information see: http://www.biodiversity.govt.nz/land/nzbs/land/condition.html. Or contact the Biodiversity Funds Coordinator on (04) 471 3296 or biofunds@doc.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news