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Collaborative Project Contestable Fund 2018

Collaborative Project Contestable Fund 2018

Updated 12 October 2018 4:00pm

Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour area & Wairarapa Moana area

Can we help your project?

This fund supports community groups restoring, maintaining or protecting native ecosystems in Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour wider area (which stretches South to Johnsonville) and Wairarapa Moana area.

In 2018 for the first time, we are extending the fund to apply to those as far North as Pukerua Bay.

So if you’re part of a restoration group that’s in the areas shown on the maps below, read on to see if you can apply for funding.

Wairarapa Moana Catchment

Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour area

Applications open: 28 August 2018
Applications close: 14 October 2018 (deadline extended!)
Successful applications announced: 1 November 2018

Unfortunately we’ve had to switch off our online application form due to technical issues we’ve been having. Please download the application form and get in touch directly with Jo Fagan if you would like to send an application for this funding at

We’d like to apologise for the inconvenience of this.

This fund can support:

  • Up to three years of restoration work in Te Awarua-o Porirua Harbour wider area
  • One year of restoration work in the Wairarapa Moana area

It is available to:

  • Community groups looking to help restore and protect the biodiversity of the beautiful Te Awarua-o-Porirua wider area and Wairarapa Moana areas. Applicants need to be a functioning group with a nominated leader.
  • This fund is only available for work on public land. You can ring your local council to find out if your project falls into this category.

What can I expect from the fund?

The fund can be used to:

  • Purchase native plants, plant protectors and fertiliser
  • Purchase materials to grow your own native plants
  • Provide pest plant control
  • Provide pest animal control
  • Purchase tools
  • Supply refreshments for working bees

We can also provide advice to support your project, including the best plant species for your site, some ideas about where to buy the right plants, and how to control pest plants and animals.

Want to know what last year’s winners did with the funding? Read some success stories


How can I apply?

1. Review the maps and ensure the area you want to work in is within the designated areas. If you’re not sure, check with us.

2. Download this form and send it to


What if I need more information?

For more information, or to discuss the application process, email Jo Fagan at