Project Mohua have created a draft Strategy to guide our direction, decision making and goals over the next five years. It's an exciting time for conservation in the region, and we look forward to discussing the actions we should support, and the initiatives we can help bring to life in conjunction with our communities and volunteers.
Our strategy aims to achieve three overall goals:
As Project Mōhua is a local initiative, driven by people who are passionate about supporting and coordinating local action - the next step is, naturally, to get feedback from the community.
We'd love it if you could download a copy of the strategy, and let us know what you think.
Our community conservation forum last year highlighted a real need for local groups to get help finding volunteers and funds. We're working to make this happen - and have already made headway on some of our flagship projects.
These include hosting a riparian planting workshop; restarting a Stream Care project providing subsidised riparian plants to landowners; supporting Cobb Mitigation Fund applications for riparian planting; hosting a pest weed working bee; and recently, we have started looking at the feasibility of increasing the pest control halo for ATNP.
With this new strategy guiding us, we'll be able to move forward in connecting community groups and other organisations enabling coordination between projects and funding leading to landscape scale conservation outcomes.
We look forward to hearing more of your valuable feedback on this important project. Contact us for more information.
APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR 2020 - APPLICATION DATE FOR 2021 TO BE ADVISED
Riparian margins to plant? Project Mohua are excited to have received funding from the Cobb Mitigation Fund and Fonterra's Sustainable Catchment Fund to revive the Stream Care initiative that has been run in the Bay under various models since 2005. Stream Care's goal is to help towards creating healthy streams and eco-corridors throughout Golden Bay by providing landowners with access to subsidised native riparian plants. If you have riparian areas with an average 5m fenced set-back and are keen to order 1000+ plants (smaller orders will be considered on a case by case basis) we would love to hear from you. Landowners will be responsible for preparing the planting site, planting and maintenance. Support will be provided through provision of best-practice guidelines and an initial site visit. Timing is quite tight for applications (by 17th July 2020) as plants need to be pre-ordered so they can be grown and available for planting in 2021. Please contact Anna Reynolds, Project Mohua Coordinator at email@example.com for further information and an application form.
Want to help towards effective predator control?
Happy to share native species sighting?
Tasman Environmental Trust are modelling ecological vulnerability in the Tasman District to identify the best sites for predator control. See how you can help in the pdf below:
Early in 2019, the Project Mohua Management Group was formed to help support and coordinate conservation projects in Mohua Golden Bay.
In September we held a Community Conservation Forum where local conservation groups and individuals came together to network, share successes, discuss challenges and needs, and hear about other projects.
Following on from the success of this forum, we held a strategic planning session in November. Here we began the process of setting out priorities for conservation across Mohua Golden Bay. Knowing exactly what we want to achieve helps us better enable conservation groups to achieve big things in 2020 and beyond.
With that in mind, Tasman Environmental Trust and Project Mohua are pleased to announce several projects have already been approved for funding by the Cobb Mitigation Fund for 2020.
Whitebait Connection's fantastic work with the Motupipi River Restoration Group and Takaka Primary School will continue to be funded.
A grant has been approved for Forest and Bird to complete restoration at the Oxbow near Paines Ford (including a repeat survey to see whether fish numbers have increased). A big thank you to our local community for their generous contributions to this project.
Project De-Vine will continue their herculean weed control efforts throughout Golden Bay with funding from the Cobb Mitigation Fund, DOC, TDC and other grants. You can already see the positive impact their sustained efforts are making across Mohua Golden Bay, with many more areas set to receive the constant attention it takes to ensure eradication and/or control.
Driving up the Takaka Hill on State Highway 60 you can't help but notice the vines of Old Man's Beard and Banana Passion fruit that cover the trees.
Both major plant pests, they slowly smother and kill all plants including the tallest trees, prevent the establishment of native plant seedlings, and Banana Passionfruit Vine (BPV) fruit encourages pest animals such as possums and rats. Because of the height of the vines, seeds can be picked up by strong winds and blown into the Abel Tasman National Park, where seedlings have already been found.
In recent years Project De-Vine Trust has received frequent complaints about the vines on the hill and the lack of control work undertaken.
Project De-Vine is committed to removing the pest vines and other plants from the area known as the Halo, which surrounds the Abel Tasman National Park. State Highway 60 makes a convenient edge to the Halo. Project De-Vine along SH60, will carry out this work from below the Riwaka Resurgence turn off to the Ravensdown Lime quarry, commencing mid-February. The work will take approximately three weeks, unless there are delays due to weather.
Travelling to the Abel Tasman National Park without seeing large curtains of these vines will enhance the view, as well as the perception of how we are managing this special part of the Tasman region.
If you require more information, you can view our website http://projectde-vinetrust.org.nz.
Or phone Charmaine Petereit Project De-Vine Trust Operations manager Mobile: 027 679 4040
-Removing pest vines in the Riwaka to Marahau area will create a "halo" of control around Abel Tasman National Park to stop invasive vine seed spread
Project Mohua is an opportunity for you to help shape a Trust that will work to restore or look after all the native plants and animals that make the Bay unique.
Come along to the forum to hear about the work that has been done so far, the role you can play and the options for developing Project Mohua further.
Everyone is welcome.
A great range of speakers, and the opportunity to have your views heard and recorded.
Friends of Mangarakau Swamp invite you to their annual weekend working bee and AGM.
For the working bee we plan to do 'fill in' planting. The plantings from two years ago are
doing very well and John and Bron have been keeping them well released. It will be very
rewarding to add more plants where there are gaps and there will be plenty of time for
relaxation as well. It will be a opportunity to enjoy the improvements we have made to the
Field Centre, have a look at the revamped information in the hall and walk the new Wattle
The AGM will be held after a shared lunch on Sunday and usually only takes an hour or so. It
is a great opportunity for you to hear about how the swamp is managed and all the
achievements of the past year.
We will be at the swamp from Friday evening and you are welcome to stay over for the
whole weekend or just come for either day. If you stay over you will need a sleeping bag and
food for breakfast, lunch and shared evening meals. Click here for details of how to get there.
For more information contact Robyn firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 5248266.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 08:30 to Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 16:30