Supporting Environmental Organisations

The RANZCP New Zealand Conference is pleased to be promoting the work of, and supporting the following local environmental organisations, while enjoying the beautiful surrounds of Rotorua for our 2023 event.

Please take a few moments to read about their work, and we invite you to donate either or both financially, and with your time to support the invaluable work that they are doing in the Bay of Plenty.  Representatives from the groups will be on-site at the conference, for you to chat with them face to face about their ongoing work, victories and challenges.

Bay Conservation Alliance

Bay Conservation Alliance’s role is to support and grow the capability and impact of our communities and partners, to restore and preserve natural ecosystems and indigenous biodiversity. Our big objective is to see everyone working together to achieve landscape scale nature conservation, which in simple terms means we support the well-being of nature everywhere – our forests, streams, wetlands, harbours, estuaries and coastal areas as well as our own backyards. We also recognise the important correlation between healthy environments and healthy communities.There are a number of ways to support conservation work across the Bay of Plenty. You may like to volunteer for a local group? You may like to make a donation to support a local project? You may be looking for a career path in conservation and benefit from our 12 week employment, training and development programme called Bay Conservation Cadets - Tauira Mahi?

Bay Conservation Alliance Website
Bay Conservation - Facebook

Wallaby Eradication Program

Wallabies have a huge appetite for many of our native seedlings, shrubs, ferns and grasses which prevents their regeneration, changing the structure of our forests and reducing their ability to support our native birds and other wildlife.

Wallabies love pasture grasses, which means they compete with livestock for food, and as they are nocturnal and cautious, they can be hard to find. If the species are not controlled, wallabies could spread across one third of both the North Island over the next 50 years and could New Zealanders $84 million a year by 2025 (includes lost farm production and ecosystem services). In 2020, $27m was allocated over a four year period to control wallabies in the North and South Island and will be delivered through partnerships with regional councils, Department of Conservation, Iwi, landowners and the community.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council - Wallaby Control
Dama Wallaby Educational Video

Wilding Pines Control

Wilding pine infestations are rarely a usable resource and they increase the intensity and hazard of wildfires, smother native undergrowth, and reduce available ground water. A handful of wilding pines can spread their seeds on the wind for miles - they are the wrong tree in the wrong place. Unlike commercial forests, wilding pines are weeds and are the plants which pose the biggest threat to New Zealand’s unique environment. They are as much of a menace to our environment as stoats, rats and possums. The National Wilding Conifer Control Program and our partners are working hard to prevent the spread.

Wilding Pines Website