Update 26 Feb 2021

Community research: This is now closed. The team would like to thank everyone who has been involved and shared their thoughts to date. They visited landowners and residents to carry out surveys through to the end of 2020, and the survey closed on 31 January. It aimed to share an information pack and interview as many residents and landowners in the project area as possible.

We estimate that 75% of residents and landowners participated. The report is in final draft and will be shared with the community at a presentation at the end of March – COVID willing, stand by for details. The key take out is that support for the goals of the project is overwhelming.

Feasibility and funding: The community support gave us the confidence to begin technical feasibility work and to apply for further funding. Jo Ritchie has started work on the technical feasibility and we have been successful in securing funding for this from Auckland Council for 6 months thank you! It will consider the research results, collate detailed information to share with the community and decision makers, and look at options for the removal of feral cats and reduced rat densities.

Feasibility considers cultural, social, technical and economic factors and will include community hui and regular updates on progress. More on this soon.

Funding is also likely to be secured through the government’s Jobs for Nature initiative. We are currently working through the detail of this. If the Feasibility study shows a way forward, jobs will be advertised throughout the year in local Aotea media. Meanwhile, some part time roles in communications, cultural advice, and finance/admin to support the Feasibility stage will be advertised soon. If you are interested please send a short email about why you are interested in the project, and a CV outlining your key skills and experience to:

This is also the contact point if you have any questions about the project.

It is so good to see some recognition of Aotea coming to the island at this time. Thank you again everyone for your support.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.

Kate Waterhouse, on behalf of the interim Steering Team (Jo O’Reilly, Rodney Ngawaka, DOC Aotea Acting Manager, Jonathan Miles Auckland Council)

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