Jobs for Nature funding through the Department of Conservation in April 2021 has enabled SIRCET to expand its operations under the Halfmoon Bay Habitat Restoration Project, which has been the focus of the trust’s work for 18 years. The newly expanded project “Restoring Rakiura” will run until mid-2023 and significantly increases the area where we are working towards our long term objectives:
· To increase the native bird population around Halfmoon Bay by reducing predation and improving habitat quality.
· To provide a safe habitat for re-introduction and survival for Stewart Island species (both plants and animals) threatened with extinction.
· To increase the health of the forest around Halfmoon Bay.
· To educate and involve the community in conservation activities.
· To increase eco-tourism opportunities on the island.
· To help our community feel proud of its local environment.
· To help our children and adults learn about the environment and its protection.
The funding allows for the recruitment of 17 members of paid staff, which brings a significant increase in efforts on the ground.
Training and experience provided through this Jobs for Nature funded work will increase the pool of conservation workers both on Rakiura and in the wider Murihiku Southland area at the end of the Restoring Rakiura project.