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Westpac Water Care Project Grant Recipients

2023 Grant Recipients

The six recipients of 2023 Westpac Water Care Project grants were:

  • Oratia & Waiatarua Wildlife Project (Upper North Island): Establish fencing of restoration and riparian planting
    areas; community planting day with iwi; implement staged weed management and restoration planting plan.
  • Ahuriri Tributaries Catchment Group Trust (Eastern North Island) : Implement a Mini Freshwater Environmental
    Plan process for small farms and lifestyle blocks and distribute planting starter packs.
  • Moutere Catchment Group (Central New Zealand): Create two to three new wetlands.
  • Summit Road Society for Avoca Valley Catchment (Canterbury): Restore the bush in the Avoca Valley catchment to
    create habitat and ecological corridors for native fauna, improve freshwater value, reduce erosion, and sediment runoff,
    restore mahinga kai and support carbon sequestration.
  • Teviot Valley Water Care (Otago): Create vegetation and silt traps and improve animal crossings at critical source
    points to catch overland flow in heavy ran events and inform best practice for the rest of the sub-catchments.
  • Mid-Oreti Catchment Group (Southland): Continue the Mini Forest Movement for the 2023/24 planting season and
    continue propagating our own plants ready to plant in the future.

2022 Grant Recipients

  • Piroa Conservation Trust (Upper North Island): Improving biodiversity through riparian planting, weed and pest animal control, fencing and
    planting to improve inanga populations.
  • Eastern Whio Link (Eastern North Island) maintaining and rebating 400 traps with stoat lures and CO2 gas canisters to enable whio (blue duck) population to thrive.
  • Flaxbourne-Waima (Central New Zealand): Improving severe lake erosion and encouraging native wildlife to return through native planting and a pest control programme.
  • Sefton Saltwater Creek (Canterbury): Increasing existing water quality monitoring programme to sample four times a year.
  • Mid Taieri Wai (Otago): Implementing a water quality monitoring programme.
  • Makarewa Headwaters (Southland): Implementing a native planting and pest control programme. Additionally, creating a shared space that can be used for others.