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Northland Regional Council's Environment Fund has been helping Northlanders enhance and protect our region's natural environment since 1996.
The fund is provided through five different funding streams, with most projects funded at up to 50% of their total costs. Applicants must be able to provide the remainder of the cost by way of voluntary labour, cash, other funding or in-kind contributions such as donated materials.
Potential projects that may be eligible include:
- Fencing streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes or estuaries
- Planting riparian margins to achieve water quality benefits
- Fencing eroding areas and planting with soil conservation species, or
- Coastal restoration and protection projects for estuaries,dunes and salt marshes.
However, projects designed for personal or commercial profit, or required under a resource consent, or simply to beautify a site, are not eligible.
- Biodiversity (e.g. wetlands and lakes)
- Soil conservation
- Water quality
- Exceptional projects – projects of exceptional environmental merit that are not eligible for funding under the other funding streams.
Both individuals and voluntary (not-for-profit) groups e.g. community and conservation groups, hapu or marae groups and schools.
Over a period of years, the Parengarenga Incorporation in the Far North has progressively carried out about 30 kilometres of fencing surrounding the Parengarenga Harbour, as well as fencing of erosion-prone land and wetlands. Much of this work has been done with assistance from the Northland Regional Council Environment Fund.
Projects will be accepted for the current financial year and until all funds have been allocated. Please note that projects must be completed and signed off by the end of the applicable financial year (which runs until 30 June each year).
The first step is to talk to Northland Regional Council's land management team to discuss whether your project is eligible for funding. They'll arrange a visit to assess your site and discuss aspects of your planned project (such as suitable fence types). They'll also take photos of the project area.
If your project is approved, you will sign an agreement with the regional council to complete the work by the end of the current financial year. Funding is paid only after the project has been finished and signed off by your regional council land management advisor. Once these steps are complete, you then invoice the regional council for the amount granted.
The process also includes your regional council land management advisor completing a Farm Water Quality Improvement Plan for your property, which is free and provides no-obligation advice.
Funding is not retrospective – the regional council will not pay for work carried out before funding has been approved.
Members of Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Wai Māori carry out planting in a wetland after first fencing it off with Environment Fund assistance.
Contact the regional council's land management team (based at the Whāngārei, Dargaville and Kaitāia offices), who will help you assess the eligibility of your project.