Wild for Taranaki is a community driven approach to restore the natural environments of Taranaki.
Wild for Taranaki is the identity of the Taranaki Biodiversity Trust, the regional biodiversity coordination agency with a membership of 44 groups, agencies and organisations carrying out conservation work around the Taranaki region. As well as pooling information and helping to co-ordinate the work of its members, Wild for Taranaki administers the Community Biodiversity Fund, which funds biodiversity projects that support the regions ecological priorities. Wild for Taranaki is launching a landscape scale restoration project – Restore Taranaki, in 2018.
All eight Taranaki iwi post settlement entities are members of Wild for Taranaki. This recognises the important role that tangata whenua play as kaitiaki and the integral part they play in biodiversity management. As Wild for Taranaki work programmes develop, so too will our relationships with iwi, hapū and marae.
Why are we Wild for Taranaki?
Taranaki’s ‘can do’ attitude and natural environment are at the heart of its economy – it is the energy capital of New Zealand for oil and gas, a highly productive farming environment and a region where tourism is growing. The Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2017” named Taranaki as the second best region in the world to visit. It is also a region of significant biodiversity restoration and sustainable land management initiatives. Undertaken by individuals, iwi, community groups, local, regional and national government agencies, these initiatives encompass a diverse range of activities which extends from the coast to the hinterland and through urban and rural areas. Wild for Taranaki seeks to encourage kotahitanga/collaboration between these initiatives.
He waka eke noa
A canoe we are all in with no exception
What we do
The goals of Wild for Taranaki are to:
- Encourage and empower people to get involved in protecting and restoring biodiversity,
- Engage with all groups with an interest in protecting the environment of Taranaki,
- Support the work already being done by individuals, community groups and organisations,
- Raise the profile of biodiversity in our community,
- Foster collaboration,
- Support and develop new projects,
- Raise funds to support this work.
Wild for Taranaki staff, members and board are currently working on developing a solid basis for growth into the future. With the help of experts, plans are underway for a ground breaking landscape scale restoration project – Restore Taranaki, and fundraising and communications plans are being developed.