Communities backed to tackle wilding pines

Twelve community projects across New Zealand will receive a share of $2 million to carry out wilding pine control, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor announced as part of Biosecurity Week.

“Wilding pines are a serious problem that threaten many of the unique landscapes that New Zealanders value. Community groups and trusts on the ground can play a vital role in preventing the spread and reducing the damage caused by these invasive plants,” Damien O’Connor said.

“Local people are passionate about controlling wilding pines and we want to empower them.”

Community groups and trusts had the opportunity to apply for the Community Partnership Projects Fund to support wilding pine control in areas that complement the national programme’s current control operations.

 34 applications from ten regions across New Zealand were received, with proposals totalling over $6 million.

“The quality of the applications was impressive and the strong response to the call for applications clearly shows New Zealanders’ understanding of the issue, and passion within communities to control wilding pines before they overtake treasured landscapes and culturally significant sites.

“The successful applications include projects on Aotea Great Barrier Island, Banks Peninsula, and areas around Lake Taupō, to prevent further spread of wilding pines and in some cases support native plant regeneration.”

“Biosecurity Week is about raising awareness and highlighting ways New Zealanders can work together to protect both our precious natural flora and the land we use to grow vital food and fibre. Funding these wilding pine projects aligns strongly with that vision.”

“The National Wilding Conifer Control programme’s success to date has been centred on partnership, long-term relationships and collaborations nationally, regionally and locally - that’s what it takes to tackle a problem like this,” Damien O’Connor said.

ENDS

Information on the community partnership projects that will receive funding. More details will be available once individual funding agreements are in place.
Region/District Project name Group/Trust
Northland Te Orewai Te Horo Trust Wilding pine control Te Orewai Te Horo Trust
Auckland Aotea Great Barrier Wilding pines project Motairehe Marae
Bay of Plenty Ruawāhia/Tarawera Wilding Pine Control Project Ruawāhia 2B Trust
Bay of Plenty Wilding conifer control in the Kaharoa Conservation Area Kaharoa Kokako Trust
Waikato Tauhara Maunga Tongariro Natural History Society Incorporated
Waikato Waihaha Catchment and Lake Taupō Shore Reserves Tongariro Natural History Society Incorporated
Waikato Orakei Korako, Red Hill and Tutukau Forest Ngāti Tahu - Ngāti Whaoa Runanga Trust
Marlborough Awatere & The Ned/ Te Hau South Marlborough Landscape Restoration Trust
Tasman Wilding Pines Control on Takaka Hill Takaka Hill Biodiversity Group Trust
Canterbury Banks Peninsula Wilding Pine Control Banks Peninsula Wilding Pine Advisory Group
Otago Kakanui Mountains Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group Inc.
Otago Maungatua/Mill Creek Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group Inc.

Relevant links

Strategy document - https://www.wildingconifers.org.nz/national-programme/

Website: www.wildingpines.nz