Fund for Nature Hauraki-Coromandel

Donations to the Fund for Nature Hauraki-Coromandel provide ongoing income for the Predator Free Hauraki Coromandel Community Trust’s support for the work of local conservation groups.

Preserving and enhancing biodiversity and conservation lands across Hauraki and Coromandel is a long-term project requiring vision, perseverance, and resilient funding.

The Predator Free Hauraki Coromandel Community Trust, established in 2017, supports the two districts’ 100+ conservation and backyard trapping groups, to expand, link and grow the conservation effort across this biodiversity hotspot.

It is a 286,000ha landscape scale project, stretching from the culturally significant Moehau maunga in the north of the Peninsula, to Te Aroha maunga in the south, with the aim of the rohe being predator free by 2030.

The Trust has a holistic vision that such conservation work has hugely positive social, economic and cultural impacts, through both the immediate effects of the work being carried out and its downstream environmental benefits.

Trust Chief Executive Jude Hooson says they have a “very clear sense of what’s expected of us”.

“We’re here to bring additional conservation funding into the region, to increase the volunteer base, to provide resources and best practice advice on the ground, and to help with monitoring.”

Projects include expanding the area under control for kiwi protection, supporting a local trap-building enterprise, and bringing national experts into the region for training workshops.

“It is also about providing a regional perspective and voice on conservation, and amplifying what the local groups need to have heard by both stakeholders and the public.”

“Our partnership with Momentum Waikato is about providing a way for people everywhere to leave a legacy that supports the conservation work of Hauraki and Coromandel communities.

Predator Free Hauraki Coromandel Community Trust Chair Peter Anderson, a former Chair of national supermarket firm Foodstuffs, says it is all about being “a good ancestor” and to “outlive your life”.

“Our board is diverse and high calibre, with a range of ages and professional backgrounds.

“We know that both locals who are here all year round and people with holiday homes in the Coromandel are keen to support local conservation efforts.

“What matters to everyone we talk to is tackling biodiversity loss, both for its own sake and because of its role in climate change, while seeing good governance, leadership and management in the response, all of which we provide.

“People can donate towards a particular local conservation group via this new Fund for Nature, or support the Trust’s overall regional effort.

Donations are added to the Fund and then its investment income will go to both our efforts and those of the groups we support,” says Peter.

All donations of $5 or more are tax deductible. You will receive a donation receipt that can be submitted to the IRD at the end of the tax year for a 33% tax rebate.

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