The Restore Hibiscus & Bays Volunteer Initiatives Programme (VIP) aims to provide funding to our network of groups, neighbourhoods, schools, and other individuals to carry out short-term projects to eradicate pests, restore native habitats and improve water quality across public and private land in the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board area. This is specifically for projects that would be difficult to find funding for elsewhere, for example because they are on school land or private land along streams.
In 2021, thanks to a grant from Lottery Environment and Heritage, we were able to fund $40,000 of pest plant control that was too difficult for volunteers to tackle on their own and that required professional eco-contractors. We also had $10,000 that was allocated to other kinds of restoration projects, such as monitoring tools or native planting, thanks to an Auckland Council Regional Environment and Natural Heritage grant. The Restore Hibiscus & Bays staff team supported VIP-funded projects with technical advice, pest control plans and coordination of eco-contractors.
We are looking into funding options for VIP in 2023 and more details will be provided as soon as possible.