Funds for environment efforts
‘‘Porirua Harbour is one of the most significant areas in the region for native plants and animals.’’
Community groups that are focused on restoring the Porirua Harbour can apply for funding from the regional council.
Applications to the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Porirua Harbour Restoration fund are open.
It was established last year and aims to support community groups to restore ecosystems around the Te Awaruao-Porirua Harbour catchment.
This area has bush, wetland and coastal habitats that support a diverse range of bird, fish and plant species.
Last year five groups received a share of $24,000 for work with plants, planting and preparatory weed control.
Regional council biodiversity manager Tim Porteous said the council was working with Wellington and Porirua city councils and Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira to improve the health of the harbour.
‘‘Porirua Harbour is one of the most significant areas in the region for native plants and animals. Together we can transform places around the catchment into havens for people and our native wildlife to enjoy.’’
Grant money can be used for native plants, materials, pest plant and animal control, tools and working bees.
Go to gw.govt.nz for application information. Applications for 2016 funding close 30th September 2016.