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Environment Pou

Rātā has invested $3.2 million into environmental and conservation strategic partnerships over the last five years, up to April 2024.

We aim to support environmental resilience through:

  • Collaborative approaches which support environmental planning and prioritisation at a landscape-scale, to help guide future environmental activity and investment.

  • Landscape-scale approaches which enhance biodiversity and nature-based solutions to mitigate or adapt to environmental impacts of climate change.

Our research shows us that strong collaborative partnerships that have iwi at the centre of planning and design and embrace Mātauranga Māori and iwi aspirations are already making a difference in the restoration and revitalisation of the environment. 

The effects of climate change are being seen and felt across our funding regions and in recent years there have been severe weather events including wildfires, flooding, and landslides.  

The National Adaptation Plan underscores the importance of nature-based solutions to help communities prepare for a warming climate and we already fund several community organisations to carry out activities such as native reforestation.

This has given us the confidence to make significant financial contribution to landscape scale environmental projects within our region.

We will also work to strengthen the community sector by assisting community organisations to adapt to climate change and reduce their carbon emissions through a tailored programme of support partnering with Terra Nova.

  • Project Stories & News

    Bringing back the iconic whio to the Blue Lakes

    A community-led project supporting the growth of the iconic whio or blue duck population in the Nelson Lakes and further protecting the area around the Rotoiti Nature Recovery project, which has Kaka, kea, and kiwi populations, was given a boost with nearly $209,000 in funding by Rātā Foundation.
  • Research

    Rātā Foundation Environment Sector Scan 2023

    Rātā Foundation commissioned Monica Peters, People+Science, to provide a report on the environment sector to support its Environment Funding Review. The report updates the prior Environment Sector Scan (Denyer, 2017), summarising environmental and climate trends and changes in best practice and new tools. It makes connections to climate mitigation and adaption, and what to look for in programmes promoting sustainability.
  • Research

    Rātā Foundation Environment Sector Scan

    The Rātā Foundation is working through a programme of evidence informed priority setting to focus its funding strategically in the face of increasing demand. It has commissioned this report to provide background and technical expertise for the development of funding priorities for community organisations working for the environment.