31 Jan 2013

DoC to provide training workshops to Maori organisations

7:40 pm on 31 January 2013

The Department of Conservation is working with a variety of Maori organisations to provide training workshops, which will help improve the management of hapu and iwi led conversation projects.

DoC's geospatial information leader Duane Wilkins says the programme, which is the first of its kind in New Zealand, was developed for non profit community groups which want to increase their knowledge and range of skills.

He says it's an example of the organisation's approach to supporting Maori partners, in their efforts to tackle more conservation projects.

Current ones include the restoration of natural areas, pest control, water quality projects, the recovery of some species of animals, and the planting of native trees and shrubs.

Mr Wilkins says the training includes supporting Maori organisations to access sophisticated commercial mapping software, and offers an opportunity for DoC to establish connections between its business partners and Maori project leaders.

A workshop was held last week in Pukekohe and another was held in Huntly on Thursday.