Kiwi Coast – Northland Regional Council re-signs partnership

The Kiwi Coast Trust (KCT) and the Northland Regional Council (NRC) have re-signed a successful partnership five years after entering into a formal working agreement.

Jack Craw, who chairs the council’s Biosafety and Biodiversity Task Force, said both parties want to continue their fruitful relationship to ensure that the biodiversity gains made to date can be sustained and further amplified.

He says KCT provides a regional platform for grassroots conservation support and coordination across Northland and as part of the partnership the council will pay Kiwi Coast $188,480 a year over the next five years.

Kiwi Coast coordinator Ngaire Sullivan says there are currently 207 entities linked to Kiwi Coast, of which 201 are community, hapū or iwi projects. “Together, these groups and projects manage approximately 235,000 hectares.”

Ms Sullivan says the number of collaborating entities on the Kiwi Coast has more than quadrupled since the initiative was launched in 2012.

“The momentum shows no signs of abating as more Northlanders get involved in actively caring for their native forests and wildlife and connecting to the Kiwi Coast. Supporting groups to connect people pest control networks, finding efficiencies and maximizing ecological gains remain KCT’s key actions.”

Data collected on Kiwi Coast trappings shows that 591,584 pest animals have been trapped by groups and projects involved in the Kiwi Coast over the past nine years. On average, more than 1,900 pest animals are now trapped each week.

Ms Sullivan says monitoring data shows increasing trends in Northland brown kiwifruit populations and the continued expansion of highly sensitive threatened species such as pāteke/green-winged teal where sustained pest control is being carried out.

“Over the past five years, the KCT-NRC partnership has provided a strong foundation of support for community-led, hapū and iwi conservation projects. Together, KCT and the NRC have encouraged the groups to collaborate, strengthen their skills and confidently implement long-term ecological plans to allow their special local places and taonga species to flourish.”

Councilor Craw says that looking to the future, the continued growth of landscape-scale predator removal and support for community, hapū and iwi aspirations for pest-free peninsulas will further boost the native wildlife populations in a variety of ecosystems.

“This will not only support the continued revitalization of Northland’s biodiversity, but will also create new opportunities for the recovery and reintroduction of endangered species.”

Image caption ‘Signature Kiwi Coast NRC – 20220616’

Northland Regional Council CEO Malcolm Nicolson, left, and Kiwi Coast Chairman Mike Camm at the signing of the partnership yesterday (Thursday June 16). (photo credit, Malcolm Pullman)

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