There is a range of support offered to those interested or involved in predator control ranging from funding opportunities to those offering advice and support:

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available within NZ to help support predator control, and we have listed some of them below:

  • DOC — funding sources for community groups and landowners
  • Community Matters — provides information on Crown, Lottery and Trust grants
  • WWF NZ —  provides funding to communities and schools, in partnership with the Tindall Foundation
  • Transpower Community Care Fund — one-off grants for projects to community groups in areas along the existing National Grid route, as well as communities affected by new Transpower projects
  • Nga Whenua Rahui — funding to protect natural areas on Maori land
  • Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund — supports volunteer community based groups and preference is given to those seeking funding for materials such as traps, bait and herbicides
  • Kids Restore New Zealand — for schools that wish to engage in and lead community restoration projects
  • Next Foundation — established to invest in transformational projects for the benefit of future generations of New Zealanders
  • The Working Together More Fund – funds and supports community groups working together to make a difference
  • ChalkyDigits – ethical Fashion made in NZ supporting projects to boost our dawn chorus
  • Len Reynolds Trust – supporting Waikato education, environment and social well-being

There is also an online portal which provides a comprehensive list of funds called Fundview. It has more than 1,200 grants to help your community or organisation (not just focusing on conservation). It is available on a subscription basis or it can be accessed free through your local library (you just need your library card).

If you know of any other funds we may have missed, please email us and let us know.

Organisations and people

There also are lots of organisations and people who are willing to offer support and advice to local predator control groups. We’ve listed some of these below and if we have missed anyone, please let us know or if you are looking for a contact in one of these organisations, get in touch, as we may know who you can talk to.

Department of Conservation/Regional Councils

The Department of Conservation and regional councils are responsible for managing pests that are already established in New Zealand.  Border control is the responsibility of the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The Department of Conservation – manages all Crown Land which is approximately 30% of New Zealand’s land area or about eight million hectares of native forests, tussock lands, alpine areas, wetlands, dunelands, estuaries, lakes and islands, national forests, maritime parks, marine reserves, nearly 4,000 reserves, river margins, some coastline, and many offshore islands. All of the land under its control is protected for either conservation, ecological, scenic, scientific, historic or cultural reasons, and for recreation.

Regional councils – have territorial authority in regions across NZ (excluding the Chatham Islands) and are often responsible for managing natural resources, land use planning, and environmental matters.

Forest & Bird

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s largest independent conservation organisation that works to preserve NZ’s natural heritage and native species. Their network of volunteers around New Zealand is the driving force behind many of their local and regional campaigns, hands-on conservation projects and field studies.

NZ Landcare Trust

NZ Landcare Trust supports field-based landcare projects, from the top of Northland all the way down to Southland. They find the best way to assist communities with these projects is to actively get involved at a local level.

They have Regional and Project Coordinators to help establish strong relationships with the communities they work with and they offer trustworthy advice and practical help.

Sanctuaries of NZ

Sanctuaries of New Zealand is an informal network of biodiversity sanctuaries that share common goals and approaches in their efforts to restore New Zealand’s special biodiversity. They are a group of projects that aim to:

  • Eradicate the full suite of pests (or achieve near-zero pest densities) from their chosen areas
  • Reintroduce missing species including many rare and endangered species
  • Involve local communities in restoration

Kiwis for Kiwik4k-logo

Kiwis for kiwi’s role is to provide funding and support for the many conservation organisations and community groups dedicated to increasing kiwi numbers, protecting precious kiwi populations from predators, and restoring the health of their natural environment.

NZ Geographical Information Systems in Conservation

NZ GIS In Conservation (GiC) is a registered not-for-profit charitable organisation set up in 2012 to foster and support the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) by volunteer conservation groups throughout New Zealand.

GiC’s target audience is conservation groups throughout New Zealand who have or plan to set up volunteer conservation programmes and projects. Many of these groups will be registered with Charities Services because, like GiC, they depend primarily on donations from grants agencies.

Please check out out Tools and resources section for more handy information to help with your predator control efforts.