Help is at hand for landowners who like to roam the waterways.
Rodney Local Council’s Healthy Harbors and Waterways Fund, open October 4 to November 26, provides funds to improve water quality by fencing stock in area streams and harbors.
For the fourth year in a row, the fund will support community initiatives that restore streams and wetlands on private and Maori lands, this year focusing on the heavily sediment-run off watersheds of Te Arai, Cape Rodney , TÄwharanui and Matakana.
President Phelan Pirrie said the board is keen to support those who wish to work on their properties to protect the waterways and the bush, as well as the wildlife found there.
âPartnering with the locals makes sense when our board spans nearly 2,500 square kilometers.
âWe know that riparian planting and waterway fencing to maintain stockouts improves water quality, and by working together we can do more.
âOur goal is to protect the rivers that feed the ports we fish and sail in – now and in the future. “
The council has already made substantial grants in the Makarau, Mahurangi and Upper Kaipara watersheds which have seen thousands of indigenous people planting along the riverbanks and miles of new fences added.
By working with Te Uri o Hau to cultivate native plants for projects, tens of thousands of native plants have been provided since the start of the partnership.
Applicants who meet the criteria for the fund can claim up to half of the value of the entire project, provided that they provide or purchase the other half themselves.
For more information and to apply, visit the website council funding site.