Project Mohua has been moving forward since the launch of our five-year strategy last year. We've organised a Trapper Natter hui and Eastern Bays Community Conservation forum, helped promote local conservation events, provided a Stream Care riparian plant subsidy for the second year running and supported a variety of proposed landscape scale projects. We've also been managing Cobb Mitigation Fund (CMF) applications.
The GB Weekly recently publishing an update about Project Mohua and the Cobb Mitigation Fund.
Read about Project Mohua's recent Golden Bay Trapper Natter event in the Golden Bay Weekly. Thank you to all the attendees for making this a successful event and to the Mussel Inn for hosting.
Thank you for attending the Eastern Bays Community Conservation forum on Sat 14th May 2021. It was great to see so many of you there. We hope you made some good connections and found the topic tables useful. It was fantastic to hear about all the projects underway and how passionate the community are to improve and protect the biodiversity in this area. Project Mohua will be following up for those of you who are interested in funding for traps and native plants and also opportunities to be involved in conservation of the areas Scenic Reserves. Focusing on the many local actions taking place will help grow and protect biodiversity and hopefully lead to future opportunities for landscape scale projects.
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2022 - CLOSES 15TH APRIL
Riparian margins to plant? Project Mohua are excited to have received funding from the Cobb Mitigation Fund and Fonterra's Sustainable Catchment Fund to revive the Stream Care initiative that has been run in the Bay under various models since 2005. Stream Care's goal is to help towards creating healthy streams and eco-corridors throughout Golden Bay by providing landowners with access to subsidised native riparian plants. If you have riparian areas with a suitable fenced set-back and are keen to order 1000+ plants (smaller orders will be considered on a case by case basis) we would love to hear from you. Landowners will be responsible for fencing, site preparation, planting and maintenance. Support will be provided through provision of best-practice guidelines and an initial site visit. Please contact the Project Mohua Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and an application form.
Project Mohua have created a draft Strategy to guide our direction, decision making and goals over the next five years. It's an exciting time for conservation in the region, and we look forward to discussing the actions we should support, and the initiatives we can help bring to life in conjunction with our communities and volunteers.
Our strategy aims to achieve three overall goals:
As Project Mōhua is a local initiative, driven by people who are passionate about supporting and coordinating local action - the next step is, naturally, to get feedback from the community.
We'd love it if you could download a copy of the strategy, and let us know what you think.
Our community conservation forum last year highlighted a real need for local groups to get help finding volunteers and funds. We're working to make this happen - and have already made headway on some of our flagship projects.
These include hosting a riparian planting workshop; restarting a Stream Care project providing subsidised riparian plants to landowners; supporting Cobb Mitigation Fund applications for riparian planting; hosting a pest weed working bee; and recently, we have started looking at the feasibility of increasing the pest control halo for ATNP.
With this new strategy guiding us, we'll be able to move forward in connecting community groups and other organisations enabling coordination between projects and funding leading to landscape scale conservation outcomes.
We look forward to hearing more of your valuable feedback on this important project. Contact us for more information.
Want to help towards effective predator control?
Happy to share native species sighting?
Tasman Environmental Trust are modelling ecological vulnerability in the Tasman District to identify the best sites for predator control. See how you can help in the pdf below:
Early in 2019, the Project Mohua Management Group was formed to help support and coordinate conservation projects in Mohua Golden Bay.
In September we held a Community Conservation Forum where local conservation groups and individuals came together to network, share successes, discuss challenges and needs, and hear about other projects.
Following on from the success of this forum, we held a strategic planning session in November. Here we began the process of setting out priorities for conservation across Mohua Golden Bay. Knowing exactly what we want to achieve helps us better enable conservation groups to achieve big things in 2020 and beyond.
With that in mind, Tasman Environmental Trust and Project Mohua are pleased to announce several projects have already been approved for funding by the Cobb Mitigation Fund for 2020.
Whitebait Connection's fantastic work with the Motupipi River Restoration Group and Takaka Primary School will continue to be funded.
A grant has been approved for Forest and Bird to complete restoration at the Oxbow near Paines Ford (including a repeat survey to see whether fish numbers have increased). A big thank you to our local community for their generous contributions to this project.
Project De-Vine will continue their herculean weed control efforts throughout Golden Bay with funding from the Cobb Mitigation Fund, DOC, TDC and other grants. You can already see the positive impact their sustained efforts are making across Mohua Golden Bay, with many more areas set to receive the constant attention it takes to ensure eradication and/or control.
Project Mohua is an opportunity for you to help shape a Trust that will work to restore or look after all the native plants and animals that make the Bay unique.
Come along to the forum to hear about the work that has been done so far, the role you can play and the options for developing Project Mohua further.
Everyone is welcome.
A great range of speakers, and the opportunity to have your views heard and recorded.