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Formation of PBL Trust

PBL is currently in the process of forming a trust and becoming a fully-fledged legal identity. Becoming a legal trust will help PBL to build strong partnerships with agencies such as DOC and NRC, as well as help us access further funding and community grants. These next steps are crucial for extending the scope and scale of our pest control work across PBL’s 23,000ha High Value Area.
It's now 4 years since the formation of Waipu Kiwis and the broader Piroa Brynderwyns Landcare steering group. We have now grown to a size and scale of operations that a formal trust would enable us better to do our work, especially the ability to seek additional funding from grant funders. This is particularly important, as The Department of Conservation currently do not have the budget to carry out pest control in any of the DOC reserves in our area (1,000ha total). PBL aims to introduce pest control to three reserves (350ha) within the next twelve months.
We have also been successful in delivering on NRC outcomes and now want to accelerate our conservation efforts across a much broader portion of the HVA area. To achieve the next stages in our conservation goals, we aim to create stronger community and iwi partnerships. Our first steps to achieving this are to workshop with iwi and community stakeholders to find out their thoughts on the Trust's goals, purpose and constitution. We intend to do this from July to September and then prepare a draft document for discussion.

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