We have been granted $366,000 over four years from Waikato Regional Council’s Natural heritage fund.

Moehau Environment Group is the recipient of the largest grant in the latest Natural Heritage funding round with $366,000 tagged for pest control in the north of the peninsula. We are thrilled with the new partnership which will enable sustained biodiversity protection in our area.

The funding will help support the recovery of several threatened species including kiwi, fern bird, bittern, kaka, spotless crake and pateke. We service  1130 stoat traps, 2500 rat traps and 100 possum traps, targeting mustelids, possums, cats, rats and invasive weeds over 13,300ha. Where terrain or scale makes trapping impractical, we use low-residual toxin in baitstations, with consent from landowners.

“This funding will allow me to sleep at night, knowing we can maintain the gains that have been made over the past fifteen years” said Lettecia Williams, MEG Chair. “Funding a landscape level approach allows us to integrate personnel and resources, and distribute these to where they are most urgently needed.”

A further $200,000 was agreed to help the Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists Trust purchase the 27-hectare Robert Finlay Wildlife Reserve at Miranda. Councillors approved the grants, subject to various criteria, at their meeting in Hamilton last week.