Environment Waikato has granted $40,000 from its Environmental Initiatives Fund to construct a pest-proof fence on the northern side of Maungatautari mountain.
The Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust plans two cells as a prelude to beginning construction of its main fence – one already begun and the other to start in January.
Environment Waikato supports the goal of the Maungatautari Ecological Island Project to build a 47 km totally pest-proof fence and restore indigenous plants and animals to the mountain. Prior to this contribution, the Council had assisted the Maungatautari project with staff time, technical support, and financial contributions of nearly $100,000.
Strategic Development Manager Kevin Collins said protecting the biodiversity of the Waikato Region was an important issue for Environment Waikato. Eradicating pests on the mountain could provide a sanctuary for native birds and plants, facilitating their restoration throughout the rest of the Region.
A project the size of Maungatautari required a ‘whole of government’ approach to raising the total funds needed.