Completing baseline assessments: These are to establish the current state of water quality, ecology and hydrology. Baseline reports will enable us to make informed decisions on priorities for operational work and measure the effectiveness of projects.
Support for East Asian-Australasian Flyway Initiatives: Supporting work DOC and the Pūkorokoro Miranda Naturalists’ Trust are doing to raise awareness of protecting the flywayfor migratory birds. The Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand visited the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre on the Firth of Thames in March 2015 to farewell bar-tailed godwits and red knots. This led to the June 2015 announcement that the Hebei Provincial Government proposes to protect provincial wetlands that include a migration recovery point for red knots.
Enhancing the habitat of tuna (fresh water eels): We are supporting tuna protection projects at Hikurangi and Waituna Working with communities: All sites had a community open day to celebrate the partnership, and inform farmers, local community members and school students about the programme.