Local projects and priorities
Maintaining the unique wilderness and undeveloped character of Kaikōura's natural environment is a key focus for our work in the zone.
We work with landowners, community, groups and other organisations to undertake a number of actions in the zone which support the protection and enhancement of biodiversity, water quality, mahinga kai and more.
Read about some of the key projects and priorities for the zone below, or contact our Kaikōura office on 03 319 5781 to find out more.
Wetlands in Kaikōura
Wetlands are vital to maintaining healthy waterways and are rich in biodiversity, providing habitat for plants, animals, fish, and insects.
Waterways in Kaikōura
Kaikōura has short, steep, hill-fed rivers, as well as unique braided river environments. The lower catchments on the Kaikōura Plains flow through farmland and the Kaikōura township, while the Waiau Toa Clarence River is one of the longest and remote rivers in New Zealand.
Funding for hill country erosion
Landowners in Hurunui and Kaikōura can apply for funding to help combat hillside erosion as part of the Soil Conservation and Revegetation Programme.
Kaikōura Plains Recovery Project
The Kaikōura Plains Recovery Project (funded by the Ministry for Primary Indistries) supported Kaikōura farmers after the 2016 earthquake. The project was completed in 2020 and produced a range of resources for landowners in the zone.
Past priority areas
Previous priority areas have included Lake Rotorua, Waikōau/Lyell Creek, Te Tai o Marokura, Waiau Toa Clarence and rural regeneration.
Support for farmers and community
Support is available to farmers - to help meet Good Management Practice and mahinga kai outcomes. We also have support available for community groups and landowners looking to undertake an environmental project. Read on to find out more about these topics.
Farming in Kaikōura
Find more information on consents, tools, rules and responsibilities that might apply to your farm.
We provide support to community organisations for projects and initiatives that align with our priorities.