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Jobs for Nature: Funding for improving biosecurity

The Ministry for Primary Industries funds the Wilding Conifer Control programme.

Wallaby Management Programme 

Wilding Conifer Control

About the programme

Wilding pines, and other introduced conifer species, overwhelm our native landscapes, killing native plants and forcing out native animals. They destroy farmland, recreational land and unique New Zealand landscapes.

If we don’t act now wilding pines could cover more than 25 per cent of New Zealand within 30 years. Every year wilding pines cost New Zealand millions of dollars every year in losses to primary production, resources spent on control and environmental costs.

Find out more about wilding pines at wildingpines.nz

About us

The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme began in 2016, and aims to contain or eradicate all wilding pine infestations by 2030. Prior to the programme wildings were invading the equivalent to 9 high country stations (90,000 hectares) a year.

Led by Biosecurity New Zealand, the programme is a successful collaboration between central and local government, landowners, farmers, forestry owners, iwi, researchers and community trusts.

Over the last three years this successful programme has covered over 1.5 million hectares throughout the country and protected more than 3 million hectares of New Zealand’s most vulnerable landscapes.

Our work programme

Budget 2020 allocated Crown funding of $100 million over four years to expand the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme. 

This is expected to generate up to 600 new jobs. This funding boost will enable the programme to bring control work forward, supporting regional communities with new employment opportunities. 

We are working with our partners to identify control areas for the expanded programme. These locations will be announced in late July 2020. 

Community projects

Around $8 million from Budget 2020 has been targeted for short-term community led projects where an immediate boost in funding can make a significant difference.

This funding is for smaller-scale projects, particularly where wildings threaten sites of ecological or cultural importance.  These projects tend to be shorter term and contained, with less need for ongoing control. 

These projects will be announced from late July 2020.

Who can apply

This funding is open to community groups and iwi, for projects in new locations for the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme. Applications are open to projects that can demonstrate they can start work soon, and complete the majority of work within the next 12 months.

Projects need to have strong community and iwi support, protect ecosystem/ biodiversity values, and create jobs.

Projects for 2020-21 are currently being assessed by an independent advisory group, the New Zealand Wilding Conifer Group. These projects will be announced from late July 2020. 

If your community group or iwi are interested in applying for future funding please email wilding.pines@mpi.govt.nz

How to apply

Projects for 2020-21 are currently being assessed by an independent advisory group, the New Zealand Wilding Conifer Group. These projects will be announced from late July 2020. 

If your community group or iwi are interested in applying for future funding please email wilding.pines@mpi.govt.nz.

Track your application

We will announce funding for Community-led projects from late July 2020.

If your community group or iwi are interested in applying for future funding please email wilding.pines@mpi.govt.nz

Programme management

The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme was established in 2016 to deliver a 15-year strategy to reduce wilding pine infestations to a locally-manageable level. 

Over the first three years our programme partners have completed $22 million of work, searched and controlled more than 1.6 million hectares of land–and protected 3 million hectares of our most at risk landscape from invasion. 

The programme is led by Biosecurity New Zealand, working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). 

Key stakeholders include the Defence Force, regional and local councils, local communities, researchers, industry and private landowners. 

Find out more about wilding pines at wildingpines.nz

Wallaby Management Programme 

About the programme

Wallabies were introduced to New Zealand in the late 1800s, mainly for sport and the value of their skin.  They have become a significant pest. 

Most wild wallabies can be found in the wider Rotorua Lakes area and in South Canterbury, but they have been expanding into neighbouring areas. They prefer to live where they can find some cover, e.g. tussock, scrub or bush, so they can be very hard to see.

Left unchecked wallabies could spread across one third of New Zealand over the next 50 years. 

A once in a lifetime opportunity to stop the spread of wallabies 

Wallabies are classified as an unwanted organism in the Biosecurity Act 1993. They can’t be bred sold, moved or exhibited. They can breed from a young age of two years, so populations can build quickly if not effectively managed. 

They are a threat to our forest taonga, as many native species are damaged by wallabies and not able to grow back over time. It’s estimated that wallabies spread 0.8km in the North Island and 1.9km in the South Island every year.  

The economic impact of wallaby spread could reach $84 million a year by 2025. $27.4 million has been provided for the management of wallabies over the next four years.

A collective effort

Through the collective effort of Biosecurity New Zealand (MPI), DOC, regional councils, iwi, LINZ and farmers we will protect our native ecosystems from invasive wallabies. A joint governance group will agree priority areas for operational work. 

Regional councils will be responsible for delivering and contracting the operational work in the agreed priority areas. 

Find out more about the threat of wallabies at bionet.nz

Who can apply

We are working with our programme partners on priority areas for wallaby control.  These will be announced in August/September 2020. There will not be an application process for this programme.

How to apply

We are working with our programme partners on priority areas for wallaby control.  These will be announced in August/September 2020. There will not be an application process for this programme.

Track your application

Not applicable

Programme management

The New Zealand Wallaby Management Programme brings together Biosecurity New Zealand (MPI), DOC, regional councils, iwi, LINZ, farmers, foresters, to stop the spread of wallabies.

Reviewed:
05/07/20