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Up to $10,000

New Round of Funding Announced!


Applications opened 1 November 2023

Applications close 31 March 2024

This round of funding is only open to the following catchments:

Waipawa, Makaroro, Mangaonuku, Upper Tukituki Corridor and Mangatarata.


One grant per sub-catchment group. 

On 1 November 2023, TLC reopened applications for our $10,000 Demonstration Grants for the five sub-catchments that did not submit applications in the first funding round. 

“We encourage landowners and catchment groups in these areas to think about how their catchment could use a $10,000 grant”, says Richard Hilson, chair of TLC. “The grants are open to a wide range of initiatives and this is a brilliant opportunity to try something new”.

The five sub-catchments are invited to apply for a grant for a project which has demonstration value, meaning that it provides an opportunity to trial something new whilst gaining valuable knowledge which can be replicated across the region.  Only one grant will be awarded per sub-catchment.

As well as offering demonstration value, the successful projects will be cost effective and will be completed within seven months of receiving funding approval.  Once completed, knowledge sharing with other catchments will be a priority and this may include open days for other landowners to view and learn from the projects.

Criteria for TLC Demonstration Grant

  1. Project needs have demonstration value: meaning we learn more than we currently know (it can’t be more of the same). We are also keen that these projects are transparent about what goes well and doesn’t so that the right lessons can be learnt from the work. 

  2. Cost-effective replication: To the greatest extent possible the project is cost-effective and replicable in other sub-catchments. 

  3. Timely completion: Project needs to be completed within 7 months of receiving funding approval.

  4. Knowledge sharing: At project completion a conversation should be held with your Catchment Co-ordinator to discuss the possibility of an open day for other Landowners to view and learn from the project.

  5. A condition of receiving a grant is that a project report will be sent to within one month of project completion. 


For more information, please contact Kahlia Fryer on 0273426071 or email her at 


Grant Recipients 2023

In September 2023, we announced that we were awarding $10,000 to twelve Tukituki sub-catchment groups to fund projects with demonstration value. The chosen projects encompassed a range of initiatives, from land management practices and weed control to water quality improvement and community engagement strategies. “These are catchment-specific projects as a result of genuine community engagement, which is a novel approach for the wider Tukituki waterway”, said Hilson. “We are excited to see the impact these projects will have and the knowledge they will generate for the broader Tukituki community and even further afield."

The 2023 grant recipients were:

Upper Tukituki - willow and shingle island management 
Papanui - community engagement through two primary kura
Mangarara - increasing knowledge around erosion control and silt retention 
Mangamahaki - rethinking riparian planting - best practice following willow removal 
Tukipo - Old Man’s Beard management trial (Monckton Scenic Reserve)
Makaretu - baseline report on the Makaretu River 
Maharakeke and Pōrangahau (combined project) - signage and riparian planting 
Kahahakuri - cow cress management
Hawea - cost benefit report on best use of poplars at the end of their useful life
Makara - catchment stock-take

Lower Tukituki Corridor - collective learning with a high level assessment of current issues and potential future risks of this section of the Tukituki River

Demonstration Grant Project Summaries


1 Makara


A whole catchment assessment to highlight critical points and

areas where mitigation measures could be targeted. A trial

with FEMP data collection is underway.  Dates have been set for

workshops and a community meeting early in the New Year.


2 Mangarara


Increasing knowledge around erosion control and silt retention. 

Maps of the local geology and critical erosion areas, together with

a stream survey will be used to target mitigation trials.  A2E (Access

to Experts) have agreed to 72 hours of free expert assistance for this

project.  A recent site visit included a presentation from Garth Eyles.


3 Papanui


Community engagement through two primary kura | schools who will submit projects for implementation in term one 2024. Projects will help build the knowledge of tamariki around issues and solutions within the catchment e.g. erosion control, water quality, and lead to actions that benefit the catchment such as plant propagation

4 Mangamahaki


Rethinking riparian planting - best practice showcase project.  A site visit with a panel of experts will be planned following the clearance of willows from the Mangamahaki stream with the intention of providing land managers with practical advice on the best approach to riparian planting and management.  


5 Hawea


Remove and repurpose old man poplar that is blocking waterways and damaging infrastructure. This will include education and information around poplar plantings and how old poplars can be processed for on-farm use.


6 Lower Tukituki Corridor


Intergenerational knowledge catchment interviews to capture experiences and ideas, together with an assessment of out of scheme river management (i.e. areas between the convergence of the Waipawa and Tukituki rivers to downstream of the Patangata Bridge that don’t have stop banks).  


7 Upper Tukituki 


Management of willow and shingle islands that are impeding and diverting river flow. The showcase project will focus on nine hectares of invasive willows growing in the channel. A project manager has been employed to work through consent/permitted activity requirements. 


8 Kahahakuri


Cow cress/water celery control.  A site visit with HBRC took place to highlight critical areas. Looking at a multi-pronged approach including organic solutions and a trial of planting for shade. A2E (Access to Experts) have agreed to 42 hours of free expert assitance for this project. 


9 Pōrangahau & 10 Maharakeke (WOWMAP)


Education and awareness through signage and a riparian planting project.  The project will involve Silver Fern Farms and Takapau School. 


11 Tukipo


Old Man’s beard management trial in Monckton Scenic Reserve.  Stage one will commence shortly.


12 Makaretu


Baseline report on the Makaretu River.  Horizontal river survey showing key aspects including land-use, planting, erosion, flooding issues, hydrology etc. A survey has been drafted.  A2E (Access to Experts) have agreed to 25 hours of free expert assistance for this project. 

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