Community Environment Fund projects Round 8: April 2016

This page lists projects that received funding from round 8 (April 2016) of the Community Environment Fund.

Funded projects 

A total of up to $2,402,124 over three years was awarded to the 16 successful projects listed below.


Name of Project

CEF funding approved up to:


Colville Social Service Collective Charitable Trust

Colville Bay Harbour Care 


This project will build the capacity and capability of the Colville community to value and improve:

  • coastal management practices and the biodiversity of Colville Bay
  • freshwater management practices for the biodiversity of rivers, streams and wetlands that feed into Colville Bay Harbour.

Community Waitakere Charitable Trust

Ngā Puna Manaaki Wahapu


Ngā Puna Manaaki Wahapu is a citizen science wetland monitoring and restoration project focussed on six sites in the Henderson Creek catchment, Auckland.


Over three years, Community Waitakere Charitable Trust staff will work with schools and community groups at six wetland sites within the Henderson Creek catchment.


They will upskill community groups and schools in ecological monitoring methods including:

  • water testing
  • pest monitoring
  • bird monitoring
  • wetland vegetation identification. 

The purpose of the project is to increase understanding in the community, council and iwi about wetland habitats and their value in an urban environment.

Dune Restoration Trust of NZ

Koi for Conservation


This project investigates the feasibility of using koi carp as a fertiliser in community-based dune restoration programmes and  other degraded ecosystems.


It is about turning something bad into something good!

Hohepa Hawkes Bay

Lower Taipo Stream Environmental Enhancement Project


Nga Kaitiaki O Hohepa is undertaking a programme of restoration and wetland creation adjacent to the Taipo Stream, an important tributary into the Ahuriri Estuary within Napier City.

The group intends to increase the estuary's wetland resource by five per cent over three years.


The project is a collaboration between landscape architects, planners, ecologists, the Department of Conservation, Hawke's Bay Regional Council, Napier City Council, iwi and local landowners.

Hollyford Conservation Trust

Hollyford Conservation Project


The Hollyford Conservation Project is a community initiative working to protect and enhance native biodiversity in a 2,600 hectare area in the Lower Hollyford Valley, Fiordland.


The area which falls within a World Heritage Area includes National Park, other conservation land and 19 private parcels of land.


A range of community groups and individuals are participating in the project.

Mainland Island Restoration Operation Incorporated

ERAT — Educating Residents About Trapping


The aim of this project is to engage and educate the local Eastbourne and Bays community about the importance of removing predators that decimate native flora and fauna in their urban environment. 


The foreshore is home to banded dotterels (nationally vulnerable) and little blue penguins which are both prone to predation.  ERAT is working towards a mountains-to-sea solution.


The education campaign will include a trap loan/training scheme and will complement existing Enviroschools programmes.

Manuhiri Kaitiaki Charitable Trust

Ngāroto and Catchment Restoration and Recovery


Ngāroto is the collective name given to three freshwater lakes in Auckland by Ngāti Manuhiri.

This project aims to:

  • facilitate the re-engagement of Mana Whenua (Ngāti Manuhiri) as kaitiaki of Ngāroto.
  • improve the quality of Auckland’s only east coast freshwater dune lakes.

These actions are intended to raise awareness of this unique environment and ideally start the recovery of the water quality for future generations.

Northland Regional Council

Improving water quality at  Otuihau/ Whāngārei Falls


The project aims to improve water quality at Otuihau falls by increasing riparian fencing and planting in the upper Hātea catchment. While this work will be done on private land, it complements other community work in the catchment including water quality monitoring and riparian planting on public reserve land.


Open days and new signage at the falls reserve will highlight environmental and cultural aspects of the water and encourage personal action to improve water quality.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary Volunteer Programme Development


The aim of this project is to increase participation in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration tasks.


It will develop new volunteer-led teams so they have the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for conservation work within Orokonui and outside the predator fence in the Halo area.

Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society Incorporated

Establishing Little Spotted Kiwi at Skakespear


The aim of this project is to establish a population of Little Spotted Kiwi at the Shakespear Open Sanctuary.


Predators such as cats, mustelids and rats have been excluded and removed from the sanctuary through a pest proof fence and eradication programme. The pest-free status is being maintained by volunteer support. 


This funding is for stage 2 of the Little Spotted Kiwi Translocation to Shakespear Open Sanctuary.

Tasman Environmental Trust

Neimann  Creek Restoration Implementation Plan


The aim of the project is to contribute to improved freshwater quality and increased biodiversity in the creek and the Waimea Inlet.


It will involve:

  • sediment removal
  • willow and aquatic weed removal fencing (where required)
  • a small section of habitat restoration.

A project manager will be appointed to develop an implementation plan.

Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust

Hororata Greendot Community Restoration


Te Ara Kākāriki has been working with the mid-Canterbury community for the last decade to create a ‘greenway’ or biodiversity network across the Selwyn District.


Over three years Te Ara Kākāriki will engage local landowners in priority locations of the Hororata Catchment to grow the network. 


As part of the project they will write restoration plans, invite landowners to learn about best practice preparation and maintenance, and host volunteer planting events each spring.

Te Whenua Tōmuri Trust

Maru Wai Matara - Kaitiaki Taiao


The purpose of this project is to re-kindle the kaitiakitanga of tangata whenua in their rohe (territory).


Te Whenua Tōmuri Trust will do this by resourcing, training and mentoring 12 hapū in environmental monitoring and sustainable management.


The aim is have the hapū work with local kura or schools to collect monitoring data and do riparian planting. The project will be delivered over three years.

The Forest Bridge Trust

Forest Remnant Protection and Connectivity


This project will fence valuable bush blocks on working farms in the Hoteo River catchment, north of Auckland. This is to protect them from stock and enable the deployment of pest traps to continue.


It will also train local school children to control introduced pests and track their efforts using the University of Auckland’s CatchIT system.

Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group and the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust

Community based re-forestation of wilding conifer infestations


This project aims to return Wilding conifer infested areas back to native forest by seeding native trees.


Whangawehi Catchment Management Group Incorporated

Whangawehi Catchment Restoration Project


The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group aim to:

  • improve water quality in the head waters by planting and fencing 10.2 hectares of riparian habitat
  • create connectivity between the different high value ecosystems already protected
  • encourage participation in the community’s pest control effort by laying out new traps and supporting a community based maintenance programme
  • increase environmental awareness through displays and signage.

This builds on recent environmental work in the catchment.