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Biodiversity resources you can use

Planning and doing a biodiversity project can be challenging, so Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay wants to help. We’ve put together a range of resources, based on the information and knowledge that community groups have told us they want to be able to access easily.

If you have an idea for other resources to add to this list, please send us an email at . Thanks to all of those webhosts who have agreed to share their resources with us! 

The following guides have been developed by the Department of Conservation and are a good place to start when you are looking to undertake a conservation project.

Guide for community conservation projects

There are many organisations that provide funding for biodiversity and conservation projects. Closing dates for applications are throughout the year, and due dates are regularly advertised in the Biodiversity HB Newsletter, emails to members (“join us and receive the newsletter directly to your inbox!”) and on our Facebook page.

We can help community groups through focusing and editing funding applications, project management, and managing project funds if your group is not a legal entity. Email Belinda on if you have any questions. 

Click here for the following funding information:

  • Where to find funders

  • Guides to fundraising and writing great applications

  • Understanding your finances and financial reporting

  • List of funders

We can help your group to scope, plan and manage a project, including reporting your outcomes and helping communicate what you’re achieving.  

Once your project has started, we can help with funds management, support you by advertising your events (e.g. weeding and planting days) on our Events Calendar, as well as administration and communications support.  

  • Community Net’s Resource Kit Contents Page is a good summary of the types of advice available on this site for running projects or initiatives. They offer step-by-step advice for planning a project, and provide templates for a project brief and project budget
  • The Department of Conservation provides information about planning and managing projects conducted on DoC-managed land, but is relevant to other projects too. Check out their practical guide to protecting and restoring our natural heritage.
  • DoC and Predator Free NZ both provide helpful information of potential ways to record and monitor your project activities and impact.
  • There are many online tools for recording and monitoring. iNaturalist (recording species presence), (recording trapping numbers) include a downloadable app for your smartphone. CatchIT , Mapping, Analysis and Information Network Trust (Main Trust) and NZ GIS in Conservation (NZGIC) are all run by data collection and management experts who are sharing their tools and knowledge to assist conservation projects.

If you need expert advice and don’t know who to contact, then get in touch with Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay and we’ll work it out with you. There is a huge range of relevant expertise in universities and Crown Research Institutes (Government science research organisations), Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Department of Conservation, and we have network links with many of them.

  • Hawke’s Bay has unique habitats, so here’s advice on what and what not to plant, plus HBRC’s handy guide to planting within different ecological zones in our region. The NZ Plant Conservation Network also has plant lists for specific sites (some are historical).
  • Here’s our list of web links for best practice eco-sourcing, plant propagation and planting for restoration projects. (Under construction.....)
  • Our list of plant nurseries includes wholesale, retail and private/project-based nurseries. If you want your nursery added to this list, then please contact  (Under construction - contact
  • To manage pests and weeds, find the information you need on our list of web resources. (Currently under construction - contact
  • Mātauranga Māori – learn about Mātauranga Maori (Māori knowledge) and the Treaty of Waitangi as they relate to biodiversity protection and restoration projects.

Many groups start ‘organically’ – like-minded people working together on a project. However, for group longevity and impact, it can be really useful to work out what you’re about and how you will achieve it together.

Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay can help through activities such as facilitating group sessions and promoting your group to attract volunteers.

  • Community Net’s Community Resource Kit provides heaps of ideas on getting started as a group, organisational structures, governance, involving volunteers, and lots more. DoC’s Community Project Guidelines and Predator Free’s Group Administration guidance will get your group and project off to a great start.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri provide guidance for governing Māori organisations. This information is focused on being a member of a formal board (say, of a Trust), however it gives some ideas on including tikanga principles alongside governance principles.
  • Find more interested people to join your group as volunteers.
  • If you’re engaging volunteers, then you need to know about health and safety, including legal requirements.

Teachers and educators are welcome to make use of these contacts and websites to enhance their students' learning experiences.

Cape to City and Poutiri Ao ō Tāne

Bush education, Freshwater education and Marine education programmes. Contact Robyn McCool and Megan McBride at DOC, or

Department of Conservation


Enviroschools is a national programme which aims to foster a generation of people who instinctively think and act sustainably.  A third of all NZ schools are now part of the network; in Hawke's Bay, 51 schools and early education centres are part of this.  Enviroschools are committed to providing their students (and their families) with action learning, and learning from nature.  In Hawke's Bay the programme has 3 facilitators who support teachers with training and resources. 
Contact Sally Chandler, Hawke’s Bay Enviroschools Coordinator at HBRC,

Fish and Game Hawke’s Bay

Fish in schools, wildfowl and wetland activities. Contact

Kids Corner

Forest and Bird local branches

Kiwi Conservation Club for children, activities and fieldtrips. 

Friends of A’Deanes Bush

Central Hawke's Bay conservation and education. Contact

Guthrie-Smith Arboretum at Tūtira  

‘All About Trees’ education programme and arboretum with trees from around the world. Contact Educator Lynne Arnold.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council

There is plenty of information online and publication links about planting for different needs, reports of environmental assessments, etc -

Planting Native Plants in Hawke's Bay booklet (published by HBRC & DOC in the 1990s but still very useful) - free from Hawke's Bay Regional Council, ph 0800 108 838

National Aquarium of NZ

Marine and coastal ecosystem education, Endangered to Extinct – moa and kiwi,environmental studies. Contact Carol Larson,

Pekapeka Wetland education resource

Wetland education resource to use for a school field trip to Pekapeka Regional Park or other wetland. Contact Sally Chandler, Hawke’s Bay Enviroschools Coordinator at HBRC.

World Wildlife Fund teaching resources

Information and resources that are site specific, useful for school field trips & for general interest

Ahuriri Estuary

HBRC science investigations and action to improve estuary water quality and habitats.

National Aquarium of New Zealand, Ahuriri Estuary Investigation –

Boundary Stream - DOC teaching resource

Harakeke Walkway, Marewa, Napier

Inner city enhancement project on a stream, Napier City Council and HBRC,

Hawke Bay Marine

Work is underway to research how we can gain a healthier coastal marine environment and restore the abundance of local fisheries.
 HBRC project,
Hawke's Bay Marine and Coast Group Research Roadmap (online from 9 June 2018)

Karamū Stream

HBRC is working with marae and local communities to improve water quality and habitats in this stream catchment which runs into Waitangi Estuary,

Lake Opouahi & Pan Pac Kiwi Creche

DOC Kiwi Guardians information for children  -

Pekapeka Regional Park Wetland

HBRC, Discover Wetland Wildlife,

Sunrise and Swamp Track

DOC information for tramps and field trips

Tūtira Regional Park

Soil conservation, freshwater restoration, wetlands, tracks, culture & history.
Plus nearby are Guthrie Smith Arboretum, Waipatiki and DOC reserves Boundary Stream, Opouahi and White Pine Bush.  Focus of a schools 'conservation week' programme annually.

Waitangi Regional Park

Coastal estuaries, rivers and beaches, seabird conservation, Ātea ā Rangi star compass, history.

Whakaki Lake, Wairoa District

Whakakai Lake Trustees are working with HBRC to restore the lake habitat for fish and birds,

White Pine Bush

DOC teaching resource for field trips.

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