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 $2.5M grant from the Government’s Kaimahi for Nature/Jobs for Nature fund, aiding those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Matuku Link

Funding Allocated: $211,466
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 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: $594,362
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.

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Te Whangai Trust

Funding Allocated: $225,584
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.  

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Whangawehi Catchment Management Group

Funding Allocated: $429,586
Jobs Created: 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 all 10,000 trees funded through their corresponding Million Metres project.

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Silverstream Reserve - Waimakiriri District Council

Funding Allocated: $143,195
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: $286391
Jobs Created: 6

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 two 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
Jobs Created: 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: $70,588

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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Nga Uri o Hau Native Nursery

Funding Allocated: $70,588

Nga 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, Nga 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: $70,588

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 two 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.