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KC Rivercare Update

Thank you everyone for your support over the past few months – we know it has been challenging for you and your families and we are grateful to those of you who managed to come out and support some of our events.

We have held a number of workshops including ‘Farm Environment Plan refreshers’, ‘Know your number and GHG’, ‘Responding to drought’ and ‘Google Earth Pro’. It was heartening to see the real progress many of you are making with your farm plans – well done everyone.

We are very grateful to B+LNZ and Rural Support Trust for working closely with us to deliver several of these events, including bringing Tawera Nikau to the Aria Cosi Club for an entertaining night off the farm.

Upcoming events include more Farm Planning; B+LNZ Climate/GHG workshops and a PerrinAg GHG and Carbon workshop on 10th August. Our AGM is scheduled for 7.30pm, 22nd August, with dinner beforehand. All upcoming events are included on our Facebook page @KingCountry RiverCareInc.

Our on-farm field days with the WRC; ‘Working around water ways’ and ‘River bank erosion’ attracted excellent attendance and robust debate around how we manage ongoing farm maintenance. It was great to see how many turned out to explain the frustrations around the differences between the policy and the practical – thank you. We hope to build better relationships and understanding with WRC because of these interactions. WRC are keen to support a community group to develop and lead a project around the eradication of Japanese Walnuts, and possibly other riparian weeds; a project manager and staff would be required. Anyone interested please get in touch with Anna Nelson.

Freshwater ecologist Merrin Whatley presented our first-year summary of water quality testing results at five local meetings recently. The results reinforced the issues facing the King Country catchments are predominantly sediment and E. coli and there was discussion around how these contaminants could be mitigated by adapting farm management practices. The results will be included on our website which is under construction.

Great news! Applications for KCRC 1BT “Kick Start” funding for Fencing and Planting in 2023 are now open. We are again able to offer funding for 2023 planting/fencing projects to any KCRC catchment landowners who have started an FEP and have attended at least 2 KCRC events. Those who have previously received funding will need to have completed their current project by September 30th, 2022 and their request may be scaled down if demand exceeds supply. Applications open now and will close on 30 September 2022.
KCRC also has funding available for Community “wellbeing projects” – in the pipeline we have First Aid courses, a Chemical Handlers course and a Ladies lunch.
Ideally projects provide positive social interaction and improved environmental outcomes. If you have any ideas for a wellbeing project, please contact a committee member or coordinator.