Hamilton is home to the NZ Landcare Trust main office. This location forms the base for Project Coordinators working in the Waikato and is also the home to support staff who specialise in communications, graphic design, finance and IT.
An important part of our Regional and Project Coordinator work is based on sound partnerships with agencies, other NGOs, science providers, industry and of course, community groups, famers and landowners. We keep up to date with what’s going on in the region by attending and running events, as well as being active members of a wide range of groups (ACRE, Waikato Botanical Society, National Wetland Trust, Waikato Biodiversity Forum, Waikato Environment Centre, Te Pahu Landcare Group, Project Kahikatea, Lake Kaituna and Komakorau Landcare Group, NZ Plant Conservation Network).
Our Project Work in the Waikato
In the Waikato, we’re doing things a little bit differently to other regions. Instead of a single staff member carrying the mantle of Regional Coordinator, there are two of us – Nardene and Melinda. Our Regional Coordinator activities include supporting community environmental groups (e.g. Landcare, Lakecare, Streamcare, Friends of...). We do this by:
- helping groups to connect with experts and find the information they need to carry out their projects
- running workshops on diverse topics such as improving water quality, wetland monitoring, trapper training, catchment management
- running an annual event to showcase Landcare in partnership with a local group
If you would like to partner with the NZLT in running a workshop on a specific topic or showcase the work that your local care groups are doing, then contact us and we’ll see what we can bring together. In addition, as Project Coordinators, we lead: Community Wetland Restoration and Enhancement and Community Catchment Planning for Lake Ngaroto.