Graeme Gillett on farm

QEII National Trust Partnership

Partnerships – With Descriptor

About the project

In March 2016 Living Water signed an agreement with the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust (QEII) to formalise a collaborative partnership aimed at helping farmers and landowners legally protect areas of natural and cultural heritage. Through this agreement we contribute funding towards covenanting costs and QEII to help identify and secure priority land areas for protection. This partnership is at the heart of what Living Water is about – making connections and working to accelerate environmental sustainability actions on farm.


  • Potential to accelerate protection of significant natural areas


  • This project is being piloted in Northland
  • Wairua farmers, Mr & Mrs Graeme and Sharon Gillett, were first to work with Living Water and QEII under this agreement
  • Nine hectares of forest remnant on their Fonterra dairy farm have been legally protected
  • Two other farmers have agreed to covenant approximately 6.5 hectares – covenanting will be completed in 2017
Gilletts by QEII area
Partnership signing

Concept Development

Completed in 2016

Progress: 100%

Project Implementation

Started in mid-2016 and is due to end in June 2018

Progress: 75%