In an unusual alliance between film, sport and trapping, the NZ Mountain Film Festival (NZMFF) Charitable Trust’s Grant Scheme has awarded $1000 to the newly established Wānaka Multisport Trapping Group to purchase traps and equipment to support their mission. This group of athletes combines multi-sport training with conservation by managing trap lines on Daniel’s Spur, west Wānaka.
The NZMFF charitable trust awarded over $9,000 to nine applicants this year. The initiative was funded by a silent auction held during the 2019 festival and proceeds from the festival’s National Tour, with sponsors and local businesses who donated items for the silent auction, raising a grand total of $5,718.
Three youth groups received funding: Alexandra Air Training Corps; Kahu Youth and Queenstown Climbing Club received funds to help with their projects. Environmental groups that received grants included the Makarora Trapping Club who manage an active group of volunteers who service 423 traps in the Makarora Valley. The Trust’s $1,590 contribution enabled the group to purchase traps and equipment to support their mission.
The 2020 NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival will be held in Wānaka on June 26 to July 1, with applications opening for the 2020 Grant Scheme following the event.