Kanorau Koiora Taketake – Indigenous Biodiversity Community Grants awarded

Horizons Regional Council has awarded 19 community projects the Kanorau Koiora Taketake – Indigenous Biodiversity Community Grant this year.

Horizons councillor Fiona Gordon says the Kanorau Koiora Taketake – Indigenous Biodiversity Community Grant is all about empowering communities by supporting them in their mahi.
“Our community has so many fabulous projects either planned or underway, all working to improve native biodiversity, reconnect people with nature and benefit mātauranga Māori, which were key criteria for selection,” says Cr Gordon.
“This year we received 26 applications for funding spanning the entire region from Ruapehu in the north, to Horowhenua in the south, Whanganui in the west and Tararua in the east.
“It's always inspiring to read through all the applications for the grant. The level of commitment, drive and investment our community has in their projects is phenomenal.”
Following a councillor panel decision process, 19 community projects have received funding from the $240,000 available.
“Three are from the Tararua district, four in the Horowhenua district, four in Rangitīkei, three in Ruapehu, three in Whanganui and two in the wider Manawatū,” says Cr Gordon.
“There was a wide variety of applications including coastal and wetland restoration, bird sanctuaries, kiwi habitat restoration, native plantings and weeding, pest management and walkway signage. Horizons is pleased to provide funding to help advance these projects and thanks everyone who applied.”
The 19 successful applicants to Horizons Regional Council’s 2022 Kanorau Koiora Taketake – Indigenous Biodiversity Community Grant are:

  • Awahuri Forest Kitchener Park Trust – phragmites control
  • Castlecliff Coast Care – dune restoration
  • Friends of Taihape Society – willow control
  • Gribble Family Trust – wetland restoration
  • Guernsey Trust – Norwood Hill House native bird sanctuary project
  • Ihaia Taueki Trust x 2 – wetlands & dune restoration
  • Koitiata Wetlands Restoration Group – wetland restoration
  • Lone Pine Property Trust - Maunga Tia Kiwi restoration project
  • Makuri Catchment Care Group – Old man's beard survey
  • Manaaki Ruahine - Mākāretu restoration project for predator control
  • Ngāwakahiamoe Bush Trust x 2 – bush management
  • Pauro Marino Trust – Pae Mahara restoration project
  • Ruahine Whio Protection Trust – Te Potae O Awarua and the Pohangina River projects
  • Tamarunui Whakaarotahi Trust – Manunui walkway project
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Tupoho  - biodiversity and rongoā project
  • Tripe Trustee Trust – rredator control in Mangatipona Stream valley
  • Waitahora Land Care – Old man's beard control
The next round of applications for the Kanorau Koiora Taketake – Indigenous Biodiversity Community Grant opens in April 2023. For more information about what grants Horizons has available to community groups please see horizons.govt.nz.