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QEII signs MOU with Living water

29 March 2016

Queen Elizabeth II National Trust has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Living Water, a partnership between Fonterra and the Department of Conservation (DOC), joining forces to help Fonterra farmers protect significant land in five key catchments around New Zealand.

QEII National Trust Chief Executive Mike Jebson says the partnership with Fonterra and DOC is a logical move. 

‘We are about partnerships. The Trust is looking forward to the contribution it can make to Living Water and its efforts to increase protection of land on dairy farms around New Zealand,’ says Mr Jebson. 

Fonterra Director Social Responsibility Carolyn Mortland says this partnership is right at the heart of what Living Water is about – working with others to enhance biodiversity and water quality for future generations.

‘Today marks the start of a significant long-term partnership to help Fonterra farmers in our five Living Water catchments protect special pieces of their land,’ she said.

Hikurangi dairy farmers Graeme and Sharon Gillett will be the first to be supported under the new agreement.

Living Water will provide a share of costs required by the National Trust to help the Gillett’s permanently protect a 12 hectare native forest remnant and wetlands area.  

DOC spokesperson Andy Roberts says the work with the Gillett’s is a good example of what the new partnership will achieve.

‘Living Water is about Fonterra and DOC sharing our expertise with each other – we’re achieving significantly better results than we could on our own. Working with the QEII National Trust will further strengthen our programme by delivering on-farm support,’ says Mr Roberts. 

Living Water is a 10-year partnership between Fonterra and the Department of Conservation who are working with dairy farmers, iwi, conservation groups, schools and other agencies to improve the health of five key catchments in significant dairying regions throughout the country.

Living Water is working to improve water quality and increase the abundance and variety of native wildlife in the five catchments. 

Work to achieve this includes planting native trees, shrubs and grasses along waterways. This reduces sediment and nutrient run-off into the waterways and provides a habitat for native birds and fish. Animal predators and weeds are also being controlled, enabling native wildlife and plants to thrive

The Living Water catchments are: 

  • Kaipara Harbour - Northland - focusing on Hikurangi catchment north of Whangarei
  • Firth of Thames / Tīkapa Moana - Hauraki Gulf - focusing on Pūkorokoro / Miranda catchment  
  • Waikato peat lakes - focusing on lakes Areare, Ruatuna, and Rotomānuka  
  • Te  Waihora / Lake Ellesmere - Canterbury - focusing on the Ararira/LII catchment 
  • Awarua -Waituna - Southland - focusing on Waituna catchment    


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