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MfE asks for feedback for freshwater policies

The Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Primary Industries have released a consultation document on the future of freshwater management. It is called Action for healthy waterways – A discussion document on national direction for our essential freshwater (click on link to open it)

It proposes changes to the RMA as well as other policies.

Consultation is open until 17 October and feedback is invited in a variety of ways. Their preferred way, however, is via their online submission tool.

There are many references to coastal ecosystems, such as coastal wetlands, estuaries, mangroves etc., so we want to encourage coast care groups and people to have their say.

A few funding opportunities on offer

A few funding opportunities came our way in the last few weeks. They could be of interest to councils and coast care groups:

The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association has a Green Fund that supports conservation projects. It appears to be an ongoing fund that doesn’t have a particular deadline. Check this page for information and an application form.

WWF’s next funding round is open from 2 September - 11 October. Check for details and how to apply HERE.

Greater Wellington RC tackling beach driving

Greater Wellington’s campaign with Frank the Crayfish: Ask yourself, do I really need to drive on the beach? Vehicles on beaches can have a big impact on our wildlife, dune defences, and sites of significance around the region. Let’s have a frank conversation about driving on beaches: www.gw.govt.nz/frank-beach-driving

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Conference on 27 August

Join the Hauraki Gulf Forum on Tuesday 27 August 2019 at Auckland’s War Memorial Museum / Tāmaki Paenga Hira to take forward the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s recently announced recommendations for the Marine Park:

● That at least 20% of the waters be protected; and
● That 1000sqkm of shellfish-beds and reefs be restored.

From late morning into the early evening, the Forum’s flagship public annual event will feature headline expert speakers, panel debates, facilitated breakout sessions, the annual Holdaway awards, and a genuine participatory process designed to bring forth the best ideas from all participants and ensure that all voices are heard. Download the programme.

Buy your tickets here:

https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/visit/whats-on/series/hauraki-gulf-marine-park-seminar-2019

Not For Profit seminars in Christchurch

Not For Profit Solutions runs seminars in Christchurch. These are free for NFP organisations, but others may be able to attend for koha. Lined up are the following ones:

Wednesday 14 August (morning): Introduction to Social Media for Community Organisations

Wednesday 14 August (afternoon): Increasing Engagement on your Organisation’s Page

Monday 2 September: Employment Law - a Complete Journey

For more information and to book, visit their website.