Wanaka Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) and Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust (TKAT) are two Wanaka organisations that will receive financial support from Central Lakes Trust's (CLT) June funding round.
CLT granted more than $1.3 million to various community services around the district in this latest round.
Wanaka LandSAR was awarded $21,110 to invest in training and keeping the rescue equipment in good condition and fit for purpose. The group helps lost, missing and injured people in the rivers, hills and mountains within the Wanaka area; about 90 percent of their operations involve the use of helicopters. Wanaka LandSAR's Phillip Melchior says, “With the increase in population and visitors engaging in outdoor activities, the service is experiencing increased demand. The funding we receive annually goes a long way to ensuring our service can be maintained.”
TKAT, a community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin for native habitat restoration, will receive $13,000 for a nursery expansion; the group has outgrown their current nursery. TKAT has been running for 10 years and grows native plants from eco-sourced seeds and cuttings. Treasurer Neil Woodrow said, “The seeds, plants, volunteers, school visitors and education programmes all need more space. This grant allows us to start our planned extension to the nursery."
This round of funding takes CLT's total grants for the financial year to $3.5 million of the group's $9.1 million grants budget.