Minister of Conservation announces extra funding for island conservation project
Caption: Tū Mai Taonga Acting Project Lead Makere Jenner and Opo Ngawaka, Chair of the Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust, with Conservation Minister Kiri Allan.
Conservation Minister Kiri Allan announced new funding for the Tū Mai Taonga project on April 26.
She met with Opo Ngawaka, Chair of the Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust and Project Steering Committee, Tū Mai Taonga Acting Project Lead Makere Jenner and members of the Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust Board at an announcement ceremony on Māngere Mountain hosted by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority.
The Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust-led Tū Mai Taonga project will receive $2.1 million from the Jobs for Nature programme to help create a local conservation workforce over a three-year period to undertake pest eradication work in the Aotea Conservation Park and Northern Aotea. The project will see monitoring of wildlife and scaled-up landscape operations that build on community support with the aim of opening pathways to a predator-free Aotea.
The funding adds to $3m from Predator Free 2050 Limited and support from Auckland Council.
“Jobs for Nature provides both a platform to address COVID-19 related job losses and an opportunity to build an environmental legacy,” Kiri Allan said.
“These latest projects will add ‘boots on the ground’ to ambitious and much-needed conservation efforts across the region and help grow a sustainable nature-focused workforce.”
The Minister also announced funding for predator control efforts on the 15 maunga across the city and restoration of the Puhinui stream.
“All three projects are collaborations with and/or led by iwi and hapū, creating opportunities for iwi and communities to build skills and conservation knowledge,” Kiri Allan said