Welcome to Environment Network Manawatū

Be part of the solution to environmental challenges

Who are we?

Environment Network Manawatū is a network of around sixty member organisations that fosters and encourages environmental initiatives in the Manawatū, in areas ranging from sustainable living to wildlife conservation.

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Gift Opportunity 

Gift a Predator Trap Donation

For a special occasion, or just to say you care!

Donate to our local biodiversity this year.

A donation will allow a predator trap to be deployed in the Ruahine Ranges

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    Volunteers checking and re-baiting a trap (image credit: A. Behrens)
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    A DOC 200 trap sitting above the clouds in the Ruahine Ranges(image credit: A. Behrens)
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    A volunteer carries a trap into the Ranges (image credit: A. Behrens)
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    Volunteers checking and re-baiting a trap (image credit: A. Behrens)
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    A volunteer rests at the top of a long climb (image credit: I. Rasmussen)
Why donate as a gift? 

A predator trap deployed in the Ruahine Ranges is the perfect waste-free gift to help bring kiwi back to the area.

Rats, stoats, possums, wild cats and hedgehogs destroy bird life by attacking small chicks and eating eggs.  When you donate a trap as a gift, your money will be put towards the installation of traps to kill these alien predators.  

We are hoping to deploy up to 1000 traps in the Ruahine Range over 2021. Your donation will help in significantly decreasing predator numbers and increasing bird life in the area.

Find out more and Gift a Predator Trap Donation at this link.

Volunteer of the Month

Janet Wilson of Ruahine Whio Janet Wilson 1 low res.pngProtectors

Saving the whistling whio

For over a decade, Janet has tramped miles in the rugged Ruahine Ranges to ensure the survival of the blue duck or whio, that only lives in New Zealand’s back country. “Those of us who are heavily involved feel we are leaving the backcountry a better place than we found it.” The high country of Aotearoa is home to fewer than 3,000 whio, so this species is rarer than the kiwi. Read more here.

Environmental Initiatives Funding 

ENM administers the Environmental Initiatives Fund to support Palmerston North-based community initiatives that improve environmental outcomes.  Small Grants (up to $500) and Large Grants (between $500 and $12,000) are available for projects that align with PNCC’s Eco-City Strategy priorities, and any identified priorities of the network.

Applications for Small Grants (up to $500) can be made by individuals and organisations at any time Find out more here. 

Applications for Large Grants have closed for 2021 and are expected to reopen in early 2022.

Read about the 2021 grant recipients at this link.

COVID-19 Alert Level 3

New Zealand (except Auckland) is moving from COVID-19 Alert Level 4 to 3 on Tuesday 31 August.

Once we go down to Level 2, events can go ahead, if organizers are able to put safety precautions in place. Check the individual links for updated information, and as always, visit the government's Unite Against COVID-19 website for information on how to keep yourself and others safe.