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 $1.1M grant from the Government’s Kaimahi for Nature/Jobs for Nature fund, aiding those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Matuku Link

Funding Allocated: $112,643
Jobs Created: 3

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 have been funded 3 quick start jobs to carry out exciting work in building a new boardwalk. When finished this will increase access to Te Henga, Auckland’s largest wetland and give visitors a personal experience of the beauty and importance of these vital natural habitats.

Learn more: https://matukulink.org.nz/

Waiheke Resources Trust

Funding Allocated: $297,892
Jobs Created: 21

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 21 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.

Learn more: https://www.wrt.org.nz/

Te Whangai Trust

Funding Allocated: $112,643
Jobs Created: 3

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 3 quick start jobs to assist them in this environmental work which will lead to enhanced water quality in Waikato and beyond.  

Learn more: http://tewhangai.org/

Whangawehi Catchment Management Group

Funding Allocated: $217,822
Jobs Created: 6

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 six members to their restoration crew. This has ramped up their restoration efforts and is enabling them to plant and maintain all 10,000 trees funded through their corresponding Million Metres project.

Learn more: https://whangawehi.com/

Silverstream Reserve - Waimakiriri District Council

Funding Allocated: $72,607
Jobs Created: 2

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 Waimakiriri 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 two new crew members to contribute to this ongoing water improvement initiative.

Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau/Sinclair Wetlands Trust

Funding Allocated: $145,215
Jobs Created: 4

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 four restoration ranges 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.

Learn more: https://www.tenohoaka.org.nz/

Wai Wanaka

Funding Allocated: $141,176
Jobs Created: 13

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 13 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!

Learn more: https://www.waiwanaka.nz/