Over the last decade there has been a growing national awareness of the impacts of invasive species and human development on our precious and unique ecosystems of Aotearoa New Zealand. Local groups and organisations across Rodney East have been working for many years to protect and enhance the natural environment and the many unique ecosystems our community values.
Currently there are over forty Rodney East initiatives ranging from large landscape-scale programmes with fully formed governance and funding models, right down to individuals conducting heroic solo efforts to improve those ecosystems. An identified challenge is to ensure this effort and good work can be sustained and grown, and potential gaps and overlaps within and between activities are minimised. More than ever, we must acknowledge nurture and nourish current and historic work undertaken across Rodney East to improve environmental outcomes.