Regional Biodiversity Strategy
The 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.
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 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
Fresh Air Forests - Habitat Biodiversity & Pest Management Ltd
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)
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)
Following the launch an Implementation Governance Group was formed. Three milestones have been set for Accord partners to achieve. These are:
1. Develop an implementation plan - we need a plan to coordinate our collective actions to achieve the strategy objectives
2. Establish the HB Biodiversity Forum - a place where all of us and the wider community can connect with each other, report on progress and celebrate achievement.
3. Establish the HB Biodiversity Trust - intended to bring new funding into the region so that we can have more biodiversity projects on the ground.
Email Keiko Hashiba for more information about the Biodiversity Strategy, Accord and Implementation.