WWF Community Funding

The next WWF-New Zealand Habitat Protection and Environmental Education Action Funding rounds will open on 23 October. Find out more.

Conservation groups in New Zealand face a unique set of challenges. Sometimes a bit of support can make all the difference – so if your project would benefit from some funding, get ready to apply! 

We’ll be accepting applications from 23 October to 18 November 2018. Check out the EEAF or HPF criteria on our website to find out if your project is suitable for funding and find out how to apply. You can also get in touch with me if you have any questions about your application.

Email hpf@wwf.org.nz if you’ve questions about the Habitat Protection Fund or eeaf@wwf.org.nz for the Environmental Education Action Fund. You can also give me a call on 027 455 0051 or 0800 435 7993. I can’t wait to hear about your amazing projects!

Submissions on Zero Carbon Bill consultation publicly released

During the consultation on the Government’s proposed Zero Carbon Bill, MfE received 15,009 submissions.

The submissions and the summary can be viewed on the Ministry for the Environment website.

The submissions received are being taken into account as policy advice is developed for Ministers about how New Zealand should respond to climate change.
Other inputs being considered are the recent reports on the transition to a low emissions economy from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and the Productivity Commission, along with economic modelling, the latest science and other relevant reports.

Key themes from submissions include:

  • 91 per cent of respondents said they wanted a target of net zero emissions across all greenhouse gases by 2050 set in legislation now.
  • 96 per cent of respondents supported the establishment of a Climate Change Commission, with an advisory role to Government.
  • 92 per cent of respondents thought the Bill should include provisions to help New Zealand adapt to the effects of climate change.

The Bill is likely to be introduced to Parliament early next year and there will be another opportunity for you to have your say through the Select Committee process.

Canterbury Regional Public Transport Plan

What do you think of the plan?

We are seeking your feedback to help shape the planning, funding and delivery of public transport in Canterbury over the coming 10 years and beyond.

The draft Regional Public Transport Plan describes the public transport system that Environment Canterbury, in partnership with local councils in Greater Christchurch and Timaru, proposes to fund and operate.

The Plan, developed in close collaboration with the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee (NZ Transport Agency, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council and Waimakariri District Council), and Timaru District Council, sets out the outcomes, objectives and policies that apply to the public transport system.

The Plan focuses on a few key areas, and highlights the visionary change needed to prepare for evolving technologies and to take us into a sustainable future.

  • Frequency
  • Technology
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Financial sustainability

You can also read the full Draft Canterbury Regional Public Transport Plan here.

You are invited to make comment on as much or as little of the plan as you wish. The consultation period is open until Sunday 14 October 2018.

Kiwibank Predator Free Schools Programme

With the help of Kiwibank, Predator Free New Zealand are giving twenty schools up to $1,000 towards predator trapping to save native species in their own school yard.

Funding is for traps and trapping equipment to teach children about the damage mammalian predators cause to our native species and the benefits of predator trapping. All schools can apply – primary, secondary, large or small, urban or rural.

Applications open on Monday 17 September and can be submitted until midnight on Monday 22 October. More details can be found here. The application will be available online from 17 September.

Proposed improvements to the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is New Zealand’s main tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions so it’s important that it is a credible and well-functioning scheme that helps us meet our climate change targets.

There are two sets of proposed improvements to the ETS.

  • The first set proposes to strengthen the ETS framework so that it is a credible and well-functioning scheme that helps us meet our climate change targets. Read the consultation document about these improvements here.

  • The second set relates to forestry and proposes changes to reduce complexity and other barriers to forestry owners being part of the scheme. Read the discussion document and related information about these improvements on the MPI website here.

A decision about whether agriculture will be included in the ETS isn’t part of the consultation. This decision will be made next year.

Trees for Climate Rally this Saturday 1pm-3pm Victoria Square

Trees soak up carbon and help keep our planet cool.  We need their help and sustenance, and now they need our help and protection.  Be part of the move to plant and care for trees and the land.

We’ll have native seedlings for a gold coin koha for you to take home and plant, or you can choose seedlings to plant in a City Council park on Saturday 15 Sept.  There’ll be music, speakers, info stalls, food forest tours, face-painting and fun activities for the kids.

Native restorations, food forests, plant-based diets, land-use change, water protection …
Christchurch taking flax-roots action for the climate! 

Organised by 350 Christchurch and Fossil Free Aoraki, with the support of Christchurch City Council, as part of international Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice day

Have your say on single-use plastic shopping bags

Kōrerohia te pēke hoko kirihou whakamahinga kotahi

Plastic pollution is harming our environment and biodiversity. Scientists estimate that there is over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans today. If nothing changes, plastic in our oceans could weigh more than the fish that live in them by 2050.

Single-use plastic shopping bags are part of the problem, and have become integrated into our everyday lives. Globally we use up to 5 trillion of them each year. But there are now alternatives, and countries, states and cities around the world are phasing them out.

Greenpeace – Creating a plan for a plastic free Aotearoa

The world is in a plastic pollution crisis. Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste enters our oceans every year, killing precious marine life – like whales and turtles – in its wake.

But despite growing public concern over the scale of the problem, the plastics industry want to increase production by 40% over the next decade, spewing yet more single-use plastic into our shared home.

It’s time to turn the plastic tap off, and together we have the power to do this.

We want to create a crowd-sourced, people-powered plastics strategy that will save our oceans, and the marine life that calls it home. One that safeguards our people and our planet from plastic contamination.

Right now, the Government is working on its own plans to curb plastic pollution. We hope that by seeing some of the amazing, ambitious plans ordinary New Zealanders have for our country – they’ll make sure they follow suit.

Here are some tips for writing your ideas:

  • Be bold – this plan should be ambitious
  • Be specific – what exactly is it you’d like to see
  • Government focused – let us know what you’d like to see implemented in NZ

Consultation on the Indicators Aotearoa NZ

Give your feedback on the development of well-being indicators called Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand – Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa.

Stats NZ is developing Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand to track New Zealand’s progress. The set of indicators will go beyond economic measures, such as gross domestic product, to include well-being and sustainable development.

The indicators will build on international best practice and will be tailored to New Zealand by including cultural and te ao Māori perspectives. They will enable the government, councils, businesses, communities, and individuals to make choices around well-being and sustainability.