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Environmental jobs get funds

GILL ALCOCK
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2013
Waiheke Hooks Lane Project

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE: Waiheke High School’s project to restore its Hooks Lane wetland has received a grant to buy more native plants.

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Organisations in the Waiheke Local Board area received $41,400 funding from the Environmental Initiatives Fund.

The fund supports Auckland residents to become actively involved in the enhancement and conservation of important local environs and heritage assets through the provision of funding, practical support and advice.

Twelve applications were received from within the local board area requesting $83,875 in funding. Ten were successful.

There were several successful applicants on Waiheke.

Robert Morton received $5000 for weed control in Awaawaroa Bay and the Orapiu Neighbourhood Group was given $3000 for weed control for the Orapiu Coastal Environment Walkway and Reserve.

Waiheke High School received $2400 to buy native plants for its Hooks Lane wetland regeneration project and Rob Fenwick received $3500 for weed control of the Te Matuku Peninsula.

Successful applications for work on other Hauraki Gulf islands under the Waiheke Local Board were the Rakino Island Reforestation Project, the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp Trust, the Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust, the Motutapu Restoration Trust, the Motuihe Trust and the Rakino Island regeneration of West Bay.

Applicants have until January 30, 2014 to complete their projects.

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