Gisborne District Council Natural Heritage Fund has been
boosted from $40k to $100k for this funding
Applications for the Natural Heritage Fund are
now open for private landowners in the district, who can
apply for assistance to protect or enhance indigenous
biodiversity on their land.
Any privately owned land
within the district is eligible for the funding, which is
made available instead of rates remissions on a limited
number of properties.
Biodiversity protection and
enhancement is a core activity of regional and unitary
councils. Since its establishment in 2013, the Natural
Heritage Fund has helped fund 46 projects and allocated more
than $300,000 for native planting, pest and weed control and
stock exclusion fencing.
There is currently $100,000
available this year for one or more projects, with
applications ranked on biodiversity merit and approved to
the extent of available funds.
In 2020 the Cave family
at Ngatapa received $5,000 towards the construction of a
stock proof fence around a significant area of remnant bush
on their property at Sunworth Station. The family’s goal
was to protect the 3ha area of native trees which was found
to contain pittosporum obcordatum, an ‘at risk’ species
of pittosporum. Through fencing, pest control and
supplementary planting of eco-sourced seedlings, the
long-term future of this unique ecosystem looks
Applications are open now until early October
for projects planned to commence in