Horizons’ Kanorau Koiora Taketake - Indigenous Biodiversity Community grants provide funding and advice to community groups who are helping to make this region a healthy environment where people are thriving.

Applications for 2022 open 11 April and close 9 May 1pm.

Our Vision

Our vision for this programme is to empower communities to reconnect with and improve indigenous biodiversity.
This vision supports Horizons’ five proposed community outcomes, helping to ensure “Our region’s ecosystems are heathy” and “Our region’s communities are vibrant and empowered”. These outcomes form a key part of Horizons’ strategic approach and align with Council’s vision for the region: Tō tātou rohe – taiao ora, tangata ora, mauri ora. Our place – a healthy environment where people are thriving. .

Interested in applying?

Grant applications are sought annually from community led projects that:

  • Support connections between nature and people

  • Are non-profit making

  • Work to restore and protect indigenous biodiversity including those that support the regeneration and continuation of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge)

  • Provide opportunities for public to learn about their natural environment or encourage greater use of our natural facilities and amenities (please note that beautification planting, edible forest and community vegetable gardens do not fall into this category)

To find out more about the grant and determine whether your project could be eligible for a grant please download the eligibility criteria

Kanorau Koiora Taketake - Funding Recipients 2021

District Applicant Project Title Amount funded (ex. GST) Outline
Whanganui  Bushy Park Tarapuruhi Trust Bushy Park Tarapuruhi Revegetation Project $13,740 Replant 4 ha of land in native trees within the fenced sanctuary. 
Whanganui Bushy Park Tarapuruhi Trust Titipounamu/rifleman translocation $20,289 Reintroduce titipounamu (rifleman) to fenced sanctuary. 
Whanganui Castlecliff Coast Care Castlecliff Coastal Restoration Project $5,217 Control weeds and replant dunes with native species such as Spinifex and pīngao.
Whanganui David and Harriet Eade Matter Farm - Bio Diversity Project $5,183 Predator control and ecological monitoring in 17 ha forest. 
Rangitīkei Friends of Taihape Society Taihape Reserves fencing and willow removal $20,000 Willow removal from Hautapu River, as part of forest restoration project in Taihape reserves.
Horowhenua Ihaia Taueki Trust Ihaia Taueki A6B Wetlands and Dunes Project $5,000 Replanting native plants in dunes and wetland to restore mauri of the whenua and mana of the people. 
Whanganui Kaiwhaiki Pā Trust Ngaa Paerangi Taiao Project $6,000 Replanting to enhance biodiversity, share and apply matauranga Maori to protect and enhance the Kaiwhaiki biodiversity of the riverbank.
Rangitīkei Koitiata Wetlands Restoration Group Koitiata Wetland Restoration Project $6,500 Weed control and replanting native species in Kotiatia wetland. 
Ruapehu Lone Pine Property Trust Maunga Tia Kiwi Restoration Project $10,240 Predator trapping to protect kiwi population.
Manawatū (Tararua) Manaaki Ruahine - Mākāretu Restoration Project Makaretu Restoration Project - Ngamoko/Norsewood Trapline Section $12,882 Predator trapping to protect whio population and improve forest health. 
Horowhenua McReynolds Trust Te Arahiwi Farm to Forest Project $1,455 Predator trapping in native forest to protect birds and Powelliphanta snails.
Ruapehu Pauro Marino Trust Pae Mahara Fencing and Restoration Project $20,000 Fencing to exclude stock from tawhai (beech) forest and possum control.
Ruapehu Not Even Ltd Te Uru Hīnau Project $20,000 Protecting te uru hīnau (hinau groves) along the Whanganui awa and collating mātauranga held about these groves.
Whanganui Okoia School Okoia School Native Bush Regeneration Project $5,000 Replanting to revert a grazed paddock to native bush on school grounds.
Ruapehu Otiranui Guardians Otiranui Guardians - Expansion Project $15,805 Increase in scale of existing predator control project to protect kiwi, pekapeka (bats) and other native species. In site with existing public walking track and cabins. Goal for wildlife corridor from Tongariro to Whanganui National Parks.
Rangitīkei Ruahine Whio Protection Trust Te Potae O Awarua and the Pohangina River Projects $12,000 Funding for mustelid trapping to protect whio and kiwi in remote backcountry sites that require helicopter access.
Rangitīkei Sally Pearce Rangitikei Remnant Weed-buster Blitz Project $4,221 Weed and wasp control in 11.5 ha forest remnant.
Whanganui Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tūpoho Native planting for biodiversity habitat and rongoā project $11,334 Native planting programme to provide habitat for biodiversity and rongoā (medicinal plants). 
Whanganui Te Kura o Te Wainui-a-Rua Tiaki Taiao o Te Awa Tupua Project $6,026 Predator control and monitoring using tuakana teina teaching methods. 
Horowhenua Kōpūtara Trust Lake Kōpūtara Restoration $18,000 Replanting with native plants to restore Lake Kōpūtara wetland.
Ruapehu Project Tongariro Rongokaupo Wetland Biodiversity & Restoration Project $18,684 Restoration project at  Rongokaupo Wetland involving weed control, replanting with native plants and trapping.