Since the inception of the MGI and WDI Environmental Fund in 2017/2018, around $110,000 has been awarded to scheme shareholders and community groups in support of worthy projects that benefit and enhance our environment.

This year, over twenty applications for the Fund were received, highlighting the awesome work that is being carried out by our shareholders.

Unfortunately the fantastic response meant that the Fund was oversubscribed for 2022/2023.

We would like to thank all of you who made the effort to apply for this year’s  Environmental Fund and encourage you to try again next year!

Below are some of the projects that have been funded – updated photos will be uploaded as and when they are received. 

 

Waikakahi Valley Road 2018
Funding Received: $2,500

This project supports the fencing (7km) and planting (300m) work previously undertaken. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Improvement in water quality 

Soil erosion prevention 

Biodiversity enhancement - return of species

Waimate Hakataramea Highway 2018
Funding Received: $8,000

This project involved fencing off a critical source area/swale and the planting of 2,500 plants. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Improved biodiversity - indigenous vegetation 

Sediment trap will filter nutrients and sediment

Protection of a waterway 

Black Hole Enhancement Project 2018
Funding Received: $1,000

This project follows on from the water quality improvement projects already occurring within the catchment. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Improved water quality be removing willow litter

Bank erosion mitigation 

 


Te Mako Creek Project 2018
Funding Project: $2,500

Permanent fencing of Te Mako Creek to enable the protection of the threatened Canterbury mudfish. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Protection of the most threatened of all New Zealand mudfish species

Erosion and sediment control

Establish and enhance biodiversity and habitat 

Briggs Road Drain 2018
Funding Received: $7,000

Riparian planting project on land that has been retired. 

PROJECT BENEFITS:

Erosion and sediment control

Establishing and enhancing indigenous biodiversity and habitat 

 

Willowbridge Planting Project 2018
Funding Received: $4,300

This project involved the return of a Pinus radiata block to indigenous vegetation to mitigate erosion and protect the creek below. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Indigenous biodiversity enhancement

Erosion and sediment runoff mitigation 

Protecting/improving water quality


Waihao Back Road Project 2020
Funding Received: $12,700

Development of a sediment retention and filtering wetland at the confluence of intermittently flowing swales. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Filter sediments and nutrients before run-off from upper catchment drains from the property

Indigenous biodiversity enhancement

 

Greenhills Road Project 2020
Funding Received: $10,175

Stage one of a three stage project along a 2.5km fully fenced waterway. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Reduction of hill country erosion and sediment run-off

Indigenous biodiversity enhancement  

Development of a wetland along an intermittent waterway

Hakataramea Highway Wetland Project 2020
Funding Received: $3,720

Establishment of a wetland and biodiversity enhancement through permanent exclusion of stock and native planting. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Management of sediment and run-off from surrounding catchment

Improved Critical Source Area management 

 


Waikakahi Headwaters Project 2020
Funding Received: $13,900

Native plantings along approximately 2km of the headwaters of the Waikakahi Stream. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Improved water quality benefits for the wider Waikakahi Catchment as a result of reduced sediment runoff

Establishment and enhancement of habitat and biodiversity. 

Dog Kennel Stream Project 2020
Funding Received: $9,350

Further development and enhancement of riparian planting along the Waikakahi and Dog Kennel Stream.  

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Improved protection and permanent protection for Canterbury mudfish and freshwater crayfish. 

Erosion mitigation and improved water quality

Improved indigenous biodiversity 

McLeays Road Habitat Creation 2020
Funding Received: $1,500

Recreation and enhancement of a pond previously formed as a result of borderdyke run-off but no longer in existence due to conversion to spray irrigation. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Establishment of habitat and indigenous biodiversity enhancement 

Sediment loss mitigation 


Shearers Hill Road Enhancement Stage 1 2020
Funding Received: $7,300

Two-stage riparian enhancement project on the back of willow tree removal work involving the planting of approximately 2000 native plants. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Sediment loss mitigation 

Indigenous biodiversity enhancement

Willow tree clearance for improved water quality

Dog Kennel Road Biodiversity Project 2020
Funding Received: $1,500

Enhancement project to create habitat and improve on farm biodiversity. 

 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Improved indigenous biodiversity 

Management of sediment and run-off from hill catchment

Lower Main Irrigation Road Enhancement 2020
Funding Received: $1,500

Riparian planting along a 400m section of the lower main race. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Establishment of habitat for improved indigenous biodiversity

Stock exclusion 

Buffer for sediment loss and run-off leading to improved water quality 


Shearers Hill Road Enhancement Stage 2 2021
Funding Received: $8,500

Following on from stage one, further willow clearance has taken place and 2000 additional plants have been planted. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Sediment loss mitigation 

Indigenous biodiversity enhancement 

Willow tree clearance for improved water flow

Glenavy Recreation Reserve 2021
Funding Received: $3,300

Native plantings alongside the Waikakahi Stream walkway. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Improved indigenous biodiversity 

Sediment loss mitigation 

Enhanced experience for walkway track users 

Waimate Highway Wetland Project 2021
Funding Received: $10,000

Wetland enhancement at the head of a spring. 

PROJECT BENEFITS: 

Filtration of nutrients from run-off resulting in improved water quality

Improved indigenous biodiversity 

Improved habitat for native species