Projects Funded by ORC

 

Clutha Water Project

Total of $29,000 over three funding rounds towards the identification of farmer leaders and guidance of catchment groups throughout the Lower Clutha Catchment by the Clutha community Trust. The primary goal of this project is to improve water quality throughout the Lower Clutha area by empowering farmers to take ownership of their environmental problems in the area.

Invasive weed control at Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau Sinclair Wetlands

$13,000 towards the cost to control invasive weeds (e.g. grey willow, crack willow, glyceria) which will assist with habitat restoration in Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau/Sinclair Wetlands. The Wetlands has a high degree of naturalness, a diversity of indigenous flora and fauna, and provides habitat for threatened and wetland-dependant species (mātātā/fernbird, koitareke/marsh crake, matuku-hūrepo/bittern, pūweto/spotless crake). Invasive incursions of grey and crack willows and glyceria affect biodiversity by competing with native species and disrupting the natural water movement within the wetlands. Click here to see Sinclair Wetlands website for more information. 

Monitoring Coastal Change in Otago with Marine Metre Squared

$15,656 to enable the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre to introduce Marine Metre Squared tools for schools and the wider community along coastal Otago to monitor change on their local coast over time and train schools and community groups in the use of these monitoring tools through workshops and field days. Click here to see the NZ Marine Studies Centre’s website for more information. 

Save The Otago Peninsula

$7,379 towards control of a large infestation of the invasive weed banana passionfruit on the Otago Peninsula. This work will prevent seeding of banana passion fruit into 2 native forest covenants, 2 privately owned revegetation projects and an extensive area of nearby native planting. Click here for more information on Save The Otago Peninsula. 

Silt fencing trial to reduce soil in waterways

$2,500 towards making sediment fences available to farmers in the Waiwera and Kaihiku catchment group to use next to cultivated land to reduce sediment runoff in high rainfall events. Their goal is to reduce sediment and therefore phosphorus getting into the Waiwera and Kaihiku streams. Ultimately improving the quality of the Waiwera and Kaihiku streams.

Skink Friendly Garden

$1,770 to restore Weston School’s Skink Friednly Garden. The garden was built in 2013 to protect their local Southern Grass skinks and McCann’s skinks. However, they have had some trouble with predators so a new fence is needed along with more native plantings and rock piles for the skinks habitat. The school will also install traps around the garden with chew cards so the students can learn where the predators are coming from.

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust

$15,000 to improve on the work currently done by Te Kākano nursery staff, allowing them to run more nursery, plant watering and maintenance sessions, develop more resources for schools and respond more effectively to the increasing number interest the nursery is gaining. Click here to see their website for more information. 

Wanaka Water Project

$12,500 towards the costs of a project leader for the Wanaka Water Project. The Wanaka Water Project undertakes strategic riparian planting, research on the effects of urban stormwater in partnership with the University of Otago and the development of a community-led integrated catchment management plan. Click here to see their website for more information. 

Water Quality Testing Kit

$3,361 to purchase an instrument (HACH DR 900 colorimeter) to test nitrogen, phosphorus and ammonia in water. The instrument will add to the NZ Landcare Trust's water quality sampling kit, and will be used by catchment groups, individual farmers, school groups and staff from other organisations to help determine and explain water quality and stream health. Click here to see more their website for more information. 

Wild Dunedin Podcast

$2,500 towards the cost of running the Wild Dunedin Podcast. The Wild Dunedin podcast helps engage and unite a largely urban population with conservation issues, helping them envisage a sustainable future for our region, in which they can play their part. Click here to have a listen to the podcast. 

Cat Control – Lower Lines

$3,000 to increase and improve the trap line in the East Matukituki Valley. The trap line is set up and maintained by the Otago Kiwi Recovery Trust and their volunteers to increase birdlife and biodiversity and with the hopes to eventually work with the Department of Conservation to release kiwi back into their native bush. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Leslie at otagokiwirecovery@gmail.com

Clutha Water Project

Total of $29,000 over three funding rounds towards the identification of farmer leaders and guidance of catchment groups throughout the Lower Clutha Catchment by the Clutha community Trust. The primary goal of this project is to improve water quality throughout the Lower Clutha area by empowering farmers to take ownership of their environmental problems in the area.

Helping Tomahawk Lagoon

$27,200 to support the development of information and resources about Tomahawk Lagoon’s water quality. In conjunction with community groups, schools in the area and relevant organisations such as the Otago Regional Council, ECOTAGO hopes to continue the investigation to the lagoon’s ecosystem, producing an updated environmental report card and a plan of catchment plan of improvement. Citizen science will play an integral role in investigation and education around the lagoon. Click here to see the Tomahawk Lagoon Citizen Science Team’s Facebook page for more information. 

Hydrology Research at Sinclair Wetlands

$5,225 to undertake survey work at Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau/ Sinclair Wetlands to determine baseline hydrological information. This will assist with restoration management. Otago Regional Council’s Hydro Team will also be assisting with the installation of the water level sensors at the wetlands. Click here to see Sinclair Wetlands website for more information. 

Monitoring Coastal Change

$9,003 towards the costs of the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre to participate in a mini BioBlitz in April 2019. This will go across two days and engage school children as well as the general public to identify as many species as possible in a singular location. This will contribute to baseline data to enhance our understanding of the biodiversity, abundance and distribution of marine species along the Otago coastline. Click here to see the NZ Marine Studies Centre’s website for more information. 

Mt Barker Residents Trap Library

$4,996 to purchase traps to start up a trap library for the Mt Barker community. There is huge community support to protect the native bird life in the Mt Barker area. The Mt Barker Residents Association has a membership of nearly 100 households who will use these traps along with the wider community to protect biodiversity. Click here to see their Facebook page for more information. 

Mt Iron Trapping Project

$4,800 to purchase traps for Wanaka Backyard Trapping to place on private and Department of Conservation land in Wanaka. The aspirations of Wanaka Backyard Trapping are to increase the populations of native wildlife by decreasing populations of their predators to engage and strengthen the community through trapping of predators to raise the profile of New Zealand's unique flora and fauna (biodiversity) to educate the local and visitor community on protecting NZ's biodiversity. Click here to see their Facebook page for more information. 

Project Kereru

$1,592.75 to purchase supplies for traps to add to the existing trap line at the Project Kereru aviary in Dunedin. Project Kereru is a voluntary community based conservation/rehabilitation project which is located next to the local landfill making pest management essential. Click here to see their Facebook page for more information. 

Tomahawk Smaills Restoration Project

$12,769.25 towards the cost of plants for community planting days around Tomahawk Lagoon and Ocean Grove Reserve. This will support current work by Otago Regional Council and other community groups to understand and improve the lagoons’ water quality. Click here to see the Tomahawk Smaills BeachCare Trust’s Facebook page for more information. 

Wakatipu Fill The Gap Predator Control

$10,080 towards the coordination of community groups undertaking predator control in the Wakatipu Basin in order to achieve gap-free predator control coverage. By starting with activating communities, Whakatipu Wildlife Trust will build the foundation for connecting up trap lines to create predator barriers and reduce re-invasion. It will also create a large volunteer base to power future phases of this project. Click here to see their Facebook page for more information. 

Aspiring Biodiversity Trust

$44,000 towards baseline data surveying of rock wren, whio, kea, endemic braided river birds. As well as trap lines throughout the Makarora catchment. Click here to see their website for more information.  

HALO Project

$132,030 for trapping hardware and associated hardware costs for the halo area around Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Click here to see their website for more information. 

Kakaho Creek Wetland

$4,348 of funds to finish fencing of Kakaho Creek Wetland. A Significant Natural Area which contains banded kokapu, long finned eel and freshwater crayfish.

Lindis Pass Conservation Group

$4,713 for equipment and Growsafe certificate to assist in volunteer efforts to control the invasive weed sweet briar in the Lindis Pass. Click here to see their Facebook page for more information. 

NZ Falcon Research Project

$10,000 towards the research of Kārearea (NZ Falcon) in conifer plantations in coastal Otago to better inform conservation management. Click here to see the report for more information. 

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

$27,000 towards surveying, data analysis, inventory and the trail of a pest aversion fence on the Otago Peninsula. Click here to see their website for more information. 

Rotary Club of Dunedin

$10,435 of funds for plants along the West Harbour Recreation Trail in Dunedin. Click here to see more of the Rotary Club of Dunedin’s work. 

Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust

$35,000 towards around 130km of new trap lines along the Dart and Rees Rivers extending north into the mountains from the head of Lake Wakatipu. Click here to see their website for more information. 

Wakatipu Island Reforestation Trust

$3,817 for the purchase of a scrub bar and other equipment to assist volunteers with planting work in the Wakatipu basin. Click here to see their website for more information. 

Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group

$3,151 towards planting gear for ‘Adopt a Plot’ volunteers. Organised by the Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group, ‘Adopt a Plot’ is where people can adopt native alpine land to clear conifer species. Click here to see their website for more information. 

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