TECT is funding a better future for our environment

November 14, 2019

 

TECT is a community-focused trust, providing support for local initiatives, facilities and events that bring vibrancy, connectedness, growth and economic benefits to the Western Bay of Plenty region. One outcome TECT hopes to achieve through its funding is a better future for our environment, through environmental restoration and nature conservation efforts.

In late August, TECT held an Environment Sector workshop with key stakeholders, asking for help in designing and applying a transformational approach towards the environment in Tauranga Moana.

One of the key outcomes of the workshop was to commission a stocktake on who is working in the environment sector and what they are achieving in the region. TECT is currently in the process of commissioning this research and hope to develop a report that will inform them of the gaps and high priority areas in the environmental space to drive better funding decisions.

TECT has further shown its support towards environmental initiatives with the approval of a grant of $300,000 over two years to Bay Conservation Alliance and seven other community conservation groups.

“We are thrilled to have been provided the opportunity to coordinate a combined funding application to support the work of seven member groups,” said Michelle Elborn, CEO of BCA. “This is a perfect example of collaboration and reduced administration time for both member groups and TECT as a funder.”

The funding will support things like monitoring and microchip equipment to aid Western Bay Wildlife Trust’s work to support Little Blue Penguin populations, trapping costs for several forest restoration groups, catchment management work and Bay Conservation Alliance’s ongoing support role with its eleven member groups.

TECT are also in partnering with the two local councils, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council, who have commissioned ‘Envision’ to scope opportunities to develop a community-led resource recovery centre in the Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga regions.