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Published: 2003-03-19 00:00:00

The newly established Waikato Biodiversity Forum has appointed its first co-ordinator to encourage projects and partnerships, which will improve the variety of indigenous natural life in the Region.

Moira Cursey, a former Curriculum Development Writer at Waikato Institute of Technology has taken on the part-time position, based at the Hamilton Environment Centre. Her job will be to co-ordinate and encourage biodiversity-related projects, activities and partnerships in the Waikato, as well as supporting the work of the newly established Forum.

The Forum, the first of its kind in New Zealand, was established last year to deal with the threat of extinction for many of the Region’s unique plant and animal species. Central Government has provided a $110,000 grant from its Biodiversity Advisory Fund to launch an Advisory Service for the Waikato.

The Forum includes about 130 representatives from Environment Waikato, Waikato University, DoC, district councils, tangata whenua, crown research institutes, Federated Farmers, conservation groups and organisations such as the Landcare Trust. It will provide information to people wanting to undertake enhancement and habitat restoration activities on private land and co-ordinate projects.

Moira Cursey has a Bachelor of Social Science and Diploma in Herbal Medicine, and has had more than 10 years’ experience in a diverse range of voluntary and paid community work, consultation and organising events and forums and co-ordinating projects.