If you live in the Hibiscus and Bays local board area and your property is within 20 metres of a stream, you may be eligible for free advice and support the North-West Wildlink Assistance Programme.
The Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre is delivering the programme, which is funded by the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, to support private landowners to care for our waterways and restore stream habitats which are important ‘green corridors’ for our native fish, birds and other wildlife.
This targeted streamside component of the North-West Wildlink Assistance Programme offers private property owners free assistance to get started on stream bank restoration and includes an on-site consultation with a native bush-care specialist from Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre, information on the best species to plant on your property, advice on effective weed control and some free native plants.
A limited number of consultations are available and you are encouraged to get in contact early. Last year’s recipients gave the programme glowing reports on the efficiency of the consultations, the quality of the advice given and the inspirational kick-start it provided to get improvements going.
Jacqueline Knight, the native bush-care specialist providing the backyard consultations, says “Most people comment that having received the advice, support and plants they feel more confident to go forward and control the weeds on their property, plant more native species and talk to their neighbours about weed control and planting.”
To find out if your address qualifies for the streamside assistance programme and arrange a consultation, contact Kaipatiki Project by phoning 09 482 1172 or email [email protected]