If you’re planning a restoration project in the Wairarapa area, find out here if you could apply for our Community Environment Fund. 

We have a total fund of up to $12,500 to help mana whenua and community groups with their restoration efforts and native plant nurseries.

The applications open from Friday 18 August and close Friday 6 October 2023.

The application process is outlined on this page but please feel free to contact us by emailing waiwetlands@gw.govt.nz if you need more information or would like some assistance with your application.

The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Project is a collaboration between Greater Wellington, the Department of Conservation, South Wairarapa District Council, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, and Rangitāne o Wairarapa. Our area includes Lakes Wairarapa and Ōnoke, their neighbouring wetlands, Lake Domain, the Wairarapa Lake Shore Scenic Reserve and Ōnoke Spit. Lake Wairarapa is the third largest lake in the North Island. At the heart of our partnership is a mutual desire to restore our wetland treasure; whakaora te repo ka ora te taonga wai­.

Who can apply

Mana whenua and community groups can apply for funding to support environmental restoration projects that are: 

  • On public land (e.g., council reserves, Department of Conservation land and some stream margins). There are a couple of exceptions:
    • If the project is on Māori owned land or private land then evidence of access, community participation and wider Wairarapa Moana benefits will need to be provided.
    • If the project is located within the mapped area but is some distance from the Wairarapa Moana, the restoration activity must contribute to a positive environmental flow on effect (i.e., work is in a tributary stream, work supports a species in the area).
  • Groups who uphold manaakitanga.
  • The project is located within the Wairarapa Moana (see map below).

Map showing the boundaries of the Wairarapa Moana

What can funding be used for?

Groups can apply for up to $12,500. This money can be spent over up to 2 years.

Types of restoration activities can include:

  • Native plants (must be eco-sourced and ideally locally sourced)
  • Planting materials such as protectors and fertiliser 
  • Tools 
  • Pest plant control 
  • Pest animal control 
  • Monitoring
  • Seed collection
  • Training
  • Refreshments for working bees

This fund is not for paying salaries or wages of people involved in the project.

Find out about other projects that have received support from this fund.

What would a successful application look like?

We’ll judge applications on the quality of the project, rather than on how well you fill in the application form. You don’t need to include a lot of information.  

You’ll also get an opportunity to tell us about your project kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face).

Priority will be given to projects that will: 

  • Align with our values and vision.
  • Enhance the health of local ecosystems. We want to target native plants and animals in this area and provide habitats for these species.
  • Reduce threats to the moana and surrounding ecosystems.
  • Be achievable and have a plan to maintain the project progress once completed. 
  • Plan to cope with changing conditions resulting from climate change.

Key dates

Applications open – Friday 18 August 2023

Applications Close – Friday 6 October 2023

Applicants Contacted by – Friday 13 October 2023

Successful applicants announced by – Friday 3 November 2023

How to apply

Download the word document below, fill it in and email it to waiwetlands@gw.govt.nz.

At the end of your project, we’ll organise a site visit with you so you can show us how the allocated funds were spent and what was achieved.  

Help plan your project

For more information, visit the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Project website.

Or email us at waiwetlands@gw.govt.nz.

We can also help with what the best plant species for your site are, and pest control advice.

Updated August 24, 2023 at 11:12 AM

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