Kāpiti Council Aids 10 Environmental Projects  

Ten projects enhancing the Kāpiti’s environment heritage will get money from the Kāpiti District Council this year.

“Each year Council sets aside funding to support environmental projects led by landowners and community members across the District,” says Paraparaumu District Councillor and Chair of the Grants Allocation Committee, Mark Benton.

$30,000 split among 10 projects

“This year’s Fund, of just over $30,000, will be split among a wide variety of projects, which include efforts to restore our native forests and wetlands, control pests and clean up our waterways.

Cr Benton says: “We’re also getting in behind the development of a new heritage trail in Paekākāriki, which will provide a walk down memory lane for local history buffs and commemorate the

Aerial view of Paekakariki

community’s important role in the development of rail travel in New Zealand.”

Mr Benton says the Fund was established in 2001 and has been used to get hundreds of small environmental projects off the ground, which together have helped to preserve and even restore our environment.

“This year we received ten applications, and we were able to provide at least partial funding to all of them.”

“With its native bush, wetlands and waterways, Kāpiti has a rich and varied environment that we’re immensely proud of. The Council is pleased to be helping communities protect what’s important to them as we work together towards a thriving environment.”

About the grants

The Heritage Fund was established in 2001 with the intention of assisting and actively encouraging landowners and members of the Kāpiti Coast community to manage, protect, and enhance natural features throughout the district, including ecological, geological, historical, and cultural sites. The grants are made annually and require the development of Heritage Management Plans for the Preservation, Management, or Riparian Management categories. Council offers free advice to projects preparing heritage management plans.

The list of projects

For the full list of successful applicants, go to:

https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/globalassets/your-council/council-meetings/grants-allocation/2019/7-february-2019/cs-19-701-heritage-fund-grant-allocations-2018-19-.pdf

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