Waitaki Biodiversity September 2022 Funding Round

Published on 05 October 2022


The Waitaki District Council Grants and Awards Committee met on 17 September to consider applications for the latest round of the Waitaki Biodiversity Fund with a total of $18,410.19 was allocated to eight successful projects.

  1. Kakanui Coastal Guardians received $5000 towards the cost of materials for predator traps for their project to trap mammalian predators around the Kakanui estuary and coastal headlands.
  2. Longlands Partnership Ltd. received $1000 towards herbicide and predator traps for the control of plant and animal pests at their QEII covenant-protected coastal forest remnant near Otepopo/Herbert.
  3. Bindagin Ltd. received $921.60 towards predator traps that will be established along their walking track in their bush block inland up Big Kuri Creek inland from Hampden.
  4. The Otematata Residents Association Inc. received $3000 towards the purchase and installation of a network of possum traps that will be established in the Otematata Wetlands Reserve on the shore of Lake Avimore.
  5. The Murray and Bronwyn Judge Partnership received $2145 towards their project to control mammalian predators in their coastal tree land block at Bluff Point.
  6. Mr Aaron Meikle and Mr Barry Wilson received $625.94 towards rodent control to complement the existing predator control project at the Devil’s Bridge Wetland.
  7. The Urban Wildlife Charitable Trust received $2500 towards a camera and other hardware associated with establishing a live feed of the Otago shag colony on Sumpter Wharfe in the Ōamaru Harbour.
  8. Five Rivers Ltd. received $3217.65 towards their project to control pest species impacting freshwater mussels (Kakahi) along the Wairepo Creek.

The fund, which has been running since 2017, makes available up to $30,000 per year available for projects that protect and enhance indigenous (native) biodiversity values in the Waitaki District. Funding is prioritised towards projects within areas of good quality indigenous habitat on privately owned property, often identified as QEII covenants or Significant Natural Areas.

Council contributes up to $5000 towards projects that good value for money and address key threats to indigenous biodiversity. Funding rounds are held roughly every 6 months, with applications for the next funding round due on Friday the 27 January 2023.