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Cobb Mitigation Fund

Next round of CMF Applications will begin Spring 2023


In 2002 the Cobb Mitigation Fund (CMF) was established, by Cobb Power Ltd, to protect and enhance freshwater resources as part of mitigation for existing effects of the Cobb Power scheme identified at the time of consent reapplication.

The Cobb Mitigation Fund (CMF) funds environmental initiatives which benefit the Cobb and Takaka Valley Catchment area (including Waikoropupu Springs) and wetland and riparian enhancement projects within Golden Bay. Most projects are expected to be between $5,000 to $15,000 per annum but larger applications will be considered.

The Tasman Environmental Trust (TET) administers the fund in accordance with the CMF Deed between the Cobb Power Ltd (since transferred to Trust Power) and the parties to the fund deed, being; Department of Conservation (DOC), Nelson Marlborough Fish and Game Council (Fish & Game) & Manawhenua ki Mōhua (representing Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua and Te Ātiawa and Iwi Trusts).

TET's Golden Bay management committee, Project Mōhua, advises TET on the suitability of applications, and manages applications.

Please refer to the attached document below outlining further guidelines and eligibility criteria.

Six year old lowland forest restoration plantings at Paines Ford
Six year old lowland forest restoration plantings at Paines Ford


An amazing variety of projects have been funded to date with more recent projects including:

  • Restoration planting within the Paines Ford Scenic Reserve, Oxbow and adjacent sites by projects managed by Keep Golden Bay Beautiful, Golden Bay Forest and Bird, Kahu Land Trust and Department of Conservation
  • Amenity and restoration planting of the Paines Ford to East Takaka Cycleway by the Golden Bay Cycle and Walkways Society
  • Weed assessment and control work in the lower and mid Takaka Valleys, willow control in the Motupipi catchment and Oxbow at Paines Ford undertaken by Project De-Vine Environmental Trust
  • Subsidised riparian native plants for Golden Bay landowners through Project Mohua's Stream Care subsidy.
  • Riparian plantings as part of the Farming 2030 initiative
  • Delivery of the Whitebait Connection Programme by Tasman Bay Guardians to Golden Bay Primary Schools.