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Collaborative Project Contestable Fund 2018

Collaborative Project Contestable Fund 2018

Updated 7 January 2019 10:30am

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

Applications for the 2018 fund have now closed and the successful community groups have been announced!

Read the full announcement here.

We were so pleased to have received a record number of applications that met the criteria this year, and are proud to have increased the funding to support their great work.

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

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

What if I need more information?

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