Join the Waimakariri Biodiversity Trust

Men at planting day
The Waimakariri Water Zone Committee Biodiversity Working Group is looking for trustees for an independent community-based biodiversity trust that will work together to improve the local environment.

Biodiversity Working Group member Dr Judith Roper-Lindsay said they are seeking people from a variety of age groups and backgrounds to reflect the diverse range of people living in Waimakariri who are interested in protection, restoration and development of native biodiversity.

“We’re aiming for a collaborative approach and want to create a cohesive Waimakariri Biodiversity Trust where everyone works together to restore and enhance biodiversity so that we can protect and develop our local sustainable indigenous ecosystems,” she said.

“It’s an inclusive approach which brings together different ways of looking at our biodiversity including Mātauranga Māori. I am really keen to see younger people getting involved, along with people who are living in our towns, and on lifestyle blocks and farms, so we can really reflect who we are as a community and learn from each other.”

Improve biodiversity in Waimakariri

Tuhaitara Coastal Park

Tuhaitara Coastal Park

Judith says the trust will take a district-wide approach to indigenous biodiversity protection and restoration, with a strong focus on practical actions to achieve measurable outcomes.

“We know there are many people in Waimakariri who want to enhance biodiversity areas in their backyard or in the wider community, but it’s difficult to get clear advice on what to plant - so we’ll help locals prepare planting plans and provide guidance on weed and pest management, along with monitoring and maintenance of these areas.”

The trust aims to employ a co-ordinator who will help landowners restore areas of indigenous biodiversity on public and private land by sourcing plants, organising fencing and planting, and providing access to specialists with expert skills in environmental fields.

Facilitating waterway and riparian enhancement projects, particularly those located along the plains and coast, is another important aspect of the group’s planned work.

Work with other organisations

people at planting day

Planting at Silverstream Reserve

“Funding will be sought from a range of sources including local and national government. Working in tandem with other organisations with similar aims, while engaging with schools and community groups, is key to ensuring the success of the trust,” Judith said.

“Raising awareness of the importance of protecting Waimakariri’s biodiversity is vital. We want to work together with other groups and organisations to provide the best outcome for the future of our natural ecosystems.”

How to apply

If you are interested in applying to become a trustee of the Waimakariri Biodiversity Trust, email Judith at judith@roperlindsay.com to receive an application pack or find out more.

Feature image: Planting at Silverstream Reserve