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Regional Biodiversity Strategy

Biodiv logoThe Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity Strategy was launched in March 2016. This is a regional approach to improve habitats and support native species.

Biodiversity is the diversity of living things. This strategy takes responsibility for improving native species habitats and populations in Hawke's Bay.  It is also flexible and provides for introduced species, particularly where these give habitat, food and shelter for native species.

HBRC has been the facilitator to develop this shared strategy since 2012. The strategy is a blueprint, weaving together what each organisation does best, and adding a clear vision for how they will work together, to include Māori values and involve the wider community.

You can find an interactive version of the 2015-2050 Biodiversity Strategy here

You can find a printable version of the 2015-2050 Biodiversity Strategy here

You can find the Biodiversity Accord here.

Biodiversity Action Plan

The Implementation Planning Group is proud to have developed the HB Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2020.  The Action Plan is an companion document to the Strategy, and sets out how, by working together, we begin to implement the ambitious goals of the Strategy. A series of outreach workshops in 2016 helped decide the six top priority actions that are set out in the Action Plan:

  1. Ecosystem mapping and prioritisation.  This is essential to know where we should be putting our efforts first, and is currently underway.
  2. Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity Foundation. This is the legal infrastructure to raise funds
  3. Biodiversity Guardians of Hawke’s Bay Inc.  This is the group for anybody and everybody to become involved in saving Hawke’s Bay’s indigenous biodiversity. A Biodiversity Forum  will be run by the Guardians as a place to talk and share information.
  4. Taonga sites mapping and prioritisation through a cultural framework to ensure we are putting our efforts in the right places.
  5. Statutory Agencies Working Group to ensure collaborative, efficient and consistent use of those agencies plans and resources to help save Hawke’s Bay’s indigenous biodiversity.
  6. Private Landowners engagement plan and process

Here is the Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2020

Biodiversity Accord

The Accord is a living document - anyone who is passionate about biodiversity and wants to share the vision can sign up at any time. Signatories as at July 2016 are:

Accountable Partners - 
have core responsibilities to actively improve the region’s biodiversity. Accountable Partners are typically organisations who have statutory responsibilities, or organisations whose core purposes is to deliver biodiversity outcomes:

Department of Conservation
Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Hawke's Bay Federated Farmers
Ngatapa Station Ltd
Plant Hawke's Bay Ltd
Te Taiao Hawke's Bay Environment Forum
Napier City Council
Central HB District Council
Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust

Supporting Partners - make commitments to support Accountable Partners to deliver objectives and outcomes set by the Strategy. Supporting Partners are typically organisations whose core functions are to deliver biodiversity outcomes:

QEII National Trust
Fish & Game
Forest & Bird
Ruud Kleinpaste - Ambassador "Cape to City"
Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd
HB Forestry Group
The Conservation Company
Guthrie-Smith Trust
Cape Sanctuary
Fresh Air Forests - Habitat Biodiversity & Pest Management Ltd
Christine Scott
Lowe Corporation
NZ Institute of Landscape Architects - HB Manawatu Branch
Sustaining Hawke's Bay Trust - Environment Centre
The Family Farm - Mangarata
Hohepa Hawke's Bay

Friends of the Accord - endorse the Vision of the Strategy, contributing to improve biodiversity in the spirit of collaboration. Friends are mainly individuals or groups of individuals who, by signing the Accord, want to show their commitment to work together with Accountable and Supporting Partners. If individuals sign up, they are listed with the name of the group they are affiliated with where applicable, but this does not necessarily represent the views of their organisation:

Isabel Morgan (Forest & Bird – Napier)
Helen Morgan (Forest & Bird – Napier)
Aki Paipper (Kohupatiki Marae, Operation Patiki)
Alan Burke - Sturms Gully Mayor
Sharleen Baird (Te Taiao Environment Forum/CHB Forest & Bird)
Jo Blakely  (EIT)
Amelia  McQueen (EIT)
Gisborne/Wairoa Federated Farmers
Neil Eagles   (Forest & Bird – Napier)
Christine Hardie  (Heretaunga Tramping Club)
Tania Huata    (Owhaoko C Trust)
Mona Stewart (Owhaoko C Trust)
Bronwyn Dyer (Taradale High School)
Jenny Baker (Te Taiao Environment Forum)
Ewan McGregor          
Sam (Hohepa Hawke's Bay)
Tim Mciir (Hohepa Hawke's Bay)
Aaron Garnham Pitcher (member of Hohepa Hawke's Bay)
Heather Harper (Hohepa Hawke's Bay)
Aiden Jean (Hohepa Hawke's Bay)
Rex Leach (Hohepa Hawke's Bay)
Clinton (Hohepa Hawke's Bay)
Alan Dick (HBRC Councillor)

Next Steps

  • Next step is to make the Action Plan into actions!  But first and foremost, an official launch of the Action Plan, the Biodiversity Guardians of Hawke’s Bay, and the HB Biodiversity Foundation is planned for early next year.
  • We are also developing a new website – this is where we will post event dates and all cool things about biodiversity.  Keep an eye out for any dates and details of the official launch at this website

Email Keiko Hashiba for more information about the Biodiversity Strategy, Accord and Implementation.

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