Community Environment Fund projects Round 1: October 2010

This page provides information about projects that received funding from round 1 (October 2010) of the Community Environment Fund.

Freshwater invertebrate identification, information and action resource

Applicant: Landcare Research
Region: Nationwide
CEF contribution: $38,000
This project provides an internet resource designed to help community groups carrying out stream invertebrate monitoring/studies. The resource will help users identify freshwater invertebrates, interpret what they indicate about the stream, and decide on any stream management actions.

Community wetland restoration and enhancement

Applicant: Landcare Trust
Region: Nationwide
CEF contribution: $120,000
This project will develop practical tools to enable the wider community to actively monitor changes in wetland condition and to gauge the success of their wetland restoration efforts. Landcare Trust will build an online, nation-wide community of volunteer wetland restoration practitioners and their projects.

Trees for survival expansion programme Stage 2

Applicant: Trees for Survival
Region: Nationwide
CEF contribution: $120,000
This project will build on the success of Stage 1 of the expansion project where 14 councils have agreed to assist to facilitate the Trees for Survival programme by building a regional support network for Trees for Survival schools over the next three years.

Oakley Creek – Te Auaunga restoration project

Applicant: Friends of Oakley Creek
Region: Auckland
CEF contribution: $45,000
This project will engage a project leader to provide strategic leadership and management of the restoration of Oakley Creek as a sustainable waterway feature in the urban fabric of Auckland City. This will be done in partnership with the community and key stakeholders.

Our Place – Youth restoration of Henderson Creek

Applicant: Community Waitakere
Region: Auckland
This project connects 'at risk' and offending youth with the environment through direct engagement in the restoration of Henderson Creek. They will become empowered as they practice responsibility, cooperation and collaboration to achieve environmental results, leading to more sustainable behaviour.

Connecting people and parks

Applicant: Conservation Volunteers
Region: Auckland
CEF contribution: $71,902
This project facilitates and supports increased community engagement (and ownership) on nominated natural areas within the new Auckland Council boundaries, and in so doing, helps protect and restore biodiversity within the Auckland region.

Ecosystem restoration at Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Applicant: Orokonui Ecosanctuary Limited
Region: Dunedin
CEF contribution: $99,000
This project works with the community and project partners to restore the ecosystem of the Orokonui Nature Reserve and protect the biodiversity unique to this region and in so doing communicate conservation skills and inspire conservation protection in other areas.

Community catchment action plan for Lake Ngaroto

Applicant: Landcare Trust
Region: Waikato
CEF contribution: $135,000
This project creates a community-led Catchment Action Plan for Lake Ngaroto to improve the water quality of the lake and surrounding wetland restoration and enhancement efforts. This will focus directly on the farms, many of which are dairy, within the catchment.

Environment centre feasibility study

Applicant: Waikato Environment Centre
Region: Nationwide
CEF contribution: $50,000
This project will explore/identify the feasibility of a nationwide environment centre network, and identify an appropriate model to help environment centres meet the needs of the Ministry for the Environment and the communities for which they serve, and identify regions where centres are needed.

Stoke streams rescue

Applicant: Nelson City Council
Region: Nelson
This project will improve water quality in Jenkins, Lower Poormans, Saxton and Orphanage Creeks, through the action of local residents, businesses, schools, and groups such as Waimaori and the Nelson Environment Centre. This is a two-year pilot to demonstrate what can be done with a focused and coordinated approach which connects council and community action.

Sustainable drain management in Selwyn-Waihora – Healthy waterways within productive land

Applicant:  Waihora Ellesmere Trust
Region: Selwyn district with part of catchment in Christchurch City
CEF contribution:  $50,000
This project will encourage and support riparian planting in the catchment, with a particular focus on the drainage network. The aim is to improve drainage management, increase indigenous biodiversity, and improve the water quality and stream health of the tributaries flowing into Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.

A collaborative approach to community upskilling and engagement in restoration

Applicant: Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Canterbury Trust
Region: Canterbury
CEF contribution: $30,000
This project will develop an annual collaborative self-supporting event where the community plants natives at a variety of sites, attendees become more aware of local biodiversity projects/threats, and those involved gain a sense of achievement that drives them to do more.


Applicant: Project Litefoot Trust
Region: Nationwide
This project will partner with sports clubs throughout New Zealand to improve their environmental impacts and to empower their members to take actions for a better environment.

Restoration of indigenous biodiversity on coastal backdunes

Applicant: Dune Restoration Trust
Region:  Nationwide
CEF contribution:  $292,400
This project will enhance the capacity of local communities and councils to undertake restoration of indigenous biodiversity in coastal backdune environments through extensive review of existing knowledge and experience, setting up demonstration areas and monitoring sites, and providing practical guidelines for coastal groups, iwi, managing agencies and the wider community.

Community-led integrated restoration of the Kaipara

Applicant:  Environs Holdings Limited
Region:  Whangerai
CEF contribution: $35,000
This project will promote kaitiakitanga, active guardianship, through the delivery of a series of highly focused and specialised restoration workshops/wānanga and establishing best-practice flagship sites across subcatchments of the Kaipara Harbour that are most at risk and stressed. This will be done through a unique combination of presentations and in-the-field, hands-on workshops.