NZLT new West Coast base

NZLT new West Coast base

NZ Landcare Trust has an official base in New Zealand’s West Coast following the employment of Rhianna Hughes Eddy as the region’s Catchments Coordinator.

With a fascination for New Zealand’s unique ecosystems, Rhianna brings both her qualifications and passion to the role, with a background in working with the Department of Conservation, as well as working in community and youth development.

“The rain, terrain and landscapes make the West Coast a dynamic place to live and work. The opportunity to work with the community, especially one that already cares about their land, is inspiring,” she says.

“Working with landowners and farmers to introduce them to or expand the utilisation of landcare practices, for those who are already proactive, is a special space to be working in right now. I think it’s important to work with the community creating ways that will work better for industry, for farmers, and for the environment and that’s what NZ Landcare Trust does.”

“There has been some great progress already, so to continue with that and create more action will be very rewarding and worthwhile.”

Trust CEO, Dr Nick Edgar, says the demand for the Trust to have a presence in the West Coast has been strong in recent times and it was one of the first areas looked at when new funding for the Trust from the Ministry for Primary Industries Productive and Sustainable Land Use fund was announced.

“Rhianna is one of seven new staff members we have brought on with this funding, and that will double the impact we can have around the country, which is great,” Nick says.
“We have previously worked in the West Coast on projects that included Lake Brunner back in the early 2000s but never before have we had a staff member based there – so its great to have Rhianna there now, renewing relationships and making new connections. This is a real positive for the Trust and for the West Coast.”

NZ Landcare Trust is a national, independent, non-Government organisation that focuses on healthy waterways, profitable farms and connected communities – through action on the ground. It has been operating since 1996 and now covers most of the country.

Interested in learning more or getting involved in landcare in your area? Get in touch with Rhianna at [email protected].