Jobs for Nature

Million Metres, in partnership with the Department of Conservation, is collaborating with the following community-based conservation organisations to create jobs in nature. This has been made possible by a $5M grant from the Government’s Kaimahi for Nature/Jobs for Nature fund, aiding those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Matuku Link

Funding Allocated: $462,433
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 10,008
Individuals Employed: 5

Matuku Link is a large native forest block in Auckland’s Bethell’s valley, bordering the Te Henga wetland. It forms a vital link between three neighbouring eco-restoration projects, providing a safe corridor for native birds and wildlife. Through the Jobs for Nature initiative, Matuku Link has been able to increase their capacity to help control noxious weeds across the wetland that significantly alter the hydrology and the ecosystem dynamics. The funding has also enabled Matuku Link to construct a new boardwalk, increasing access and giving visitors a personal experience of the beauty and importance of these vital natural habitats.

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Waiheke Resources Trust

Funding Allocated: $908,071
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 19,406
Individuals Employed: 35

Waiheke Resources Trust (WRT) work towards the ecological restoration and protection of the important wetland habitats and surrounding environments on Waiheke Island. Through the Jobs for Nature fund, WRT have been able to amplify their ecological restoration work, creating 35 part time jobs for individuals that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This important restoration work will see water quality and habitat restoration on the island.

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Te Whangai Trust

Funding Allocated: $365,010
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 7,974
Individuals Employed: 4

Te Whangai Trust (TWT) operate three nurseries in the Waikato region which provide training and education platforms for long term unemployed and those at risk in the community. They produce 50,000 native trees annually for restoration projects and carry out extensive restoration work themselves. Through the Jobs for Nature initiative, TWT have been funded for 4 quick start jobs to assist them in this environmental work which will lead to enhanced water quality in Waikato and beyond.  

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Whangawehi Catchment Management Group

Funding Allocated: $708,438
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 15,180
Individuals Employed: 8

The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group (WCMG) are a group of Kiwis from local farms, marae, forestry companies, schools, and agencies who’ve come together to protect the sacred Whangawehi River. They have been replanting the river and her tributaries since 2012 and through Jobs for Nature, have been able to add eight members to their restoration crew. This has ramped up their restoration efforts and is enabling them to plant and maintain the trees funded through their corresponding Million Metres project.

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Silverstream Reserve - Waimakariri District Council

Funding Allocated: $233,822
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 5,008
Individuals Employed: 3

The Silver Stream river is a tributary of the Waimakariri meeting it at the estuary near Kaiapoi.  It is renowned for its clear, spring-fed waters, trout fishing and seasonal salmon. This awa is significant to local Maori for mahinga kai, and as such requires protection and enhancement. The Silverstream Advisory Group in conjunction with the Waimakariri District Council have ongoing restoration programmes in the reserve focusing on planting, plant maintenance, mulching, weed and pest control. Through Jobs for Nature, they have been able to employ three new crew members to contribute to this ongoing water improvement initiative.

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Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau/Sinclair Wetlands Trust

Funding Allocated: $474,616
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 10,172
Individuals Employed: 14

The Sinclair Wetlands form a 315-hectare portion of the Lakes Waihola-Waipori wetland complex south of Dunedin, New Zealand. The area is now owned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and is valued as a wāhi taonga (culturally significant site), for mahinga kai (traditional food and resources), conservation, recreation, and education. Through Jobs for Nature, Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau have recruited fourteen part-time restoration rangers who are helping to enhance these wetland habitats through the control of weeds and pests, replanting native forest on the wetlands islands and maintaining previous years planting.

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Wai Wanaka

Funding Allocated: $141,176
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 2,560
Individuals Employed: 16

Wai Wanaka are a community group set up to safeguard and improve the quality of the water in and around the broader Upper Clutha catchment. Through the Jobs for Nature initiative, Wai Wanaka have been able to upscale their workforce, adding 16 new members to their restoration crew. Wai Wanaka have been successful in receiving an additional fund from the Ministry for Primary Industries which will continue the amazing work on their Jobs for Nature project!

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Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei - Pourewa Awa Restoration

Funding Allocated: $258,813
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 5,772
Individuals Employed: 4

Pourewa Reserve is a 33 hectare cultural site of significance located in Ōrākei owned and operated by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Manawhenua and Te Ahikaa of Tamaki Makaurau. Ngāti Whātua will provide opportunities through this funding for whanau and the community to embrace and integrate with important environmental projects. This includes work in their native nursery, Maara kai, Maara Rongoa, Parakore/Composting, Conservation and Restoration of the 33 hectares that will bring about sustainable practices that enhance hauora/wellbeing of all.

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Ngā Uri o Hau Native Nursery

Funding Allocated: $161,215
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 3,588
Individuals Employed: 3

Ngā Uri o Hau Native Nursery is located in Te Arai, Mangawhai, and is a Northland-based wholesale plant supplier specialising in native species for both restoration/conservation and the wider landscaping industry within New Zealand. Through Jobs for Nature, Ngā Uri o Hau Native Nursery can start to build capacity internally to provide wrap around services such as site preparation, eco-sourcing of seed, planting and maintenance. They also plan to scale production from 1 million native plants per year to 2 million by 2022/2023.

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Te Orewai Te Horo Trust

Funding Allocated: $161,215
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 3,588
Individuals Employed: 4

With over 7,000 acres of whenua and over 1000 beneficiaries, Te Orewai hapū, of Ngāti Hine are well invested in the sustainable future of our whenua. This funding will enable four paid kaitaki to help care for the 25,000 riparian plants planted last year and assist in the annual survey of 6 water monitoring sites. They will assist in propagating and growing plants for future forests, from seed collected from ancient ngāhere, caring for those seedlings and plants until they are ready for planting. Having recently started a pest eradication programme with a 100ha CPCA trapline, they will also be involved in clearing and resetting traps with local trappers.

Piritahi Marae

Funding Allocated: $90,627
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 2,028
Individuals Employed: 2

Piritahi Marae is the only Marae on Waiheke island, and sits on the shores of Te Huruhi Bay – home to many native bird species. Piritahi means “coming together as one”. Through the restoration of native biodiversity, Piritahi Marae Whānau and volunteers from the wider Waiheke community will help restore the mauri of Piritahi awa. With the Jobs for Nature funding, Piritahi Marae will be able to increase their impact by employing two local people, who will undertake pest plant control, riparian planting and help to establish a native plant nursery. 

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Conservation Volunteers New Zealand

Funding Allocated: $271,880
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 6,084
Individuals Employed: 5

CVNZ is a not-for-profit independent trust. Established in 2006 in NZ, and with over 30 years’ experience in Australia, CVNZ is widely recognised for their expertise in managing volunteer involvement in conservation projects. With the Jobs for Nature funding, CVNZ has the opportunity to scale up their Papakura Stream project, enable local employment and capability building, and create more impactful outcomes for South Auckland’s natural environment. The five new employees will undertake planting, pest control and volunteer coordination along Papakura Stream. CVNZ aims to include educational and volunteering components to encourage people in the community to get into nature and learn about conservation. 

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Restore Hibiscus & Bays

Funding Allocated: $181,254
Hours of Restoration Work Funded: 4,056
Individuals Employed: 7

Restore Hibiscus & Bays is an umbrella community-led initiative based in the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board area. It aims to bring together, support and grow the network of groups, projects, neighbourhoods, individuals, schools, businesses and other organisations that are working to eradicate pests, restore native habitats and improve water quality. Through this Jobs for Nature funding, Restore Hibiscus & Bays will have the opportunity employ seven local people and implement catchment-scale stream restoration.

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