Biodiversity Restoration Northland

Project Conclusion

Considerable progress has been made over the term of this project. Landcare groups remain an active and effective force for biodiversity restoration, with new Landcare groups continuing to form and well established groups seeking to intensify or expand their efforts.

Many Landcare groups have reached the landmark “Decade of Service” and their members have developed skills that would be the envy of many a professional organisation. These individuals have played a key role in delivering this project, sharing their hard earned knowledge with the Northland community at our workshops and events.

Success can be gauged by both changes in attitudes and the language used by many Northland community groups. On the east coast of Whangarei, a number of kiwi populations are now stable (and increasing) within the biodiversity strongholds created by Landcare groups. Through years of networking and sheer hard work on the ground these groups are now able to look beyond their own project boundaries towards shared goals across the landscape. An example is the “Kiwi Coast” initiative linking kiwi recovery projects up the eastern coastline of Northland to create a kiwi corridor. The future for community-led conservation in Northland will be the continued linking of projects where appropriate. The Landcare Trust has a key role to play in supporting and coordinating this work, based on the enduring trusting relationships that we have built in the region over the past 15 years. 

Over the course of three years the project has provided support to in excess of 50 Landcare groups and projects (based on the contact record sheet submitted). Support has varied, from the facilitation of new groups to the point where they are self-sufficient and operating with strategic purpose through to forest monitoring and mentoring of funding applications.

Much to the benefit of local communities, Northland continues to have a strong level of collaboration between its regional agencies and organisations. This has been evidenced by the shared delivery of workshops and events and through the roles and responsibilities that the regional partners have assumed through this project.

It is estimated that over 200 individual have benefitted directly from the support of this project (based on contact record sheets and average attendances at project events).


Project Overview

This is a 3 year DOC funded project that draws together much of the work carried out by a number of landcare groups. It aims to document biodiversity activity across the Northland region and provide a platform for increasing native biodiversity in the area. A report entitled 'Whole of Northland' has already been completed. It presents an overall picture of the biodiversity protection and enhancement initiatives currently undertaken, drawing on information available from several groups and agencies, such as landcare groups, local councils, DOC, covenanters, New Zealand Kiwi Foundation and more.

After successfully identifying and bringing together a number of Landcare Groups in the area this project came to a conclusion in June 2012.

The clear benefits this project brought to community driven biodiversity restoration work was recognised, and a further body of work identified. This took the form of a new 3 year DOC funded project named  'Northland Biodiversity: Ecological and Community Resilience'


Brynderwyns-Bream Tail: Opportunities for Ecological Restoration.

This report describes the important biodiversity values of the Brynderwyns-Bream Tail area and identifies the threats to those values, together with opportunities for ecological restoration and more integrated and effective management. Further information and a copy of the report is available... more>