A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Funders

At the Piako Catchment Forum, our mission to restore and protect the native biodiversity of the Piako and Waihou catchments is only possible thanks to the generous support of our funders. Their contributions have enabled us to carry out vital environmental restoration and community engagement projects. We are deeply grateful for their support.

Our Generous Funders and Their Contributions

Matamata-Piako District Council (MPDC)

  • Support: Funded the installation of 286 Philproof mini bait stations and various restoration efforts.

Waikato Regional Council - Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund (SSCIF)

  • Support: Provided essential funding for purchasing Pindone rat pellets and supporting bait drop initiatives for effective pest control.

Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS)

  • Support: Supported operational costs, enabling us to facilitate extensive community-driven environmental restoration and education across the region.

Trust Waikato

  • Support: Funded various conservation projects, expanding our restoration efforts and engaging more volunteers.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) - Community Catchment Fund

  • Support: Supported large-scale planting projects, helping us plant thousands of native plants annually to restore riparian areas and wetlands.

Local Businesses

  • Fonterra Hapori Fund: Supported restoration initiatives.
  • Inghams: Funded planting and maintaining native vegetation.


  • Support: Funded environmental enhancement projects, particularly in Morrinsville Riverwalk restoration.

Valder Grant

  • Support: Supported wetland restoration projects, converting unproductive land into thriving ecosystems.

Awarua Trust

  • Support: Supported the Awarua Farm restoration project, including community planting days.


  • Support: General support for various projects and initiatives.

How Their Support Makes a Difference

Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we have achieved significant milestones in our conservation efforts. Effective pest control has lowered rat populations, protecting native bird species. We have engaged hundreds of volunteers in planting and restoration activities, fostering a sense of community and environmental stewardship. Additionally, thousands of native plants have been planted, revitalizing riparian areas, wetlands, and forest fragments.

Stay Connected: We invite you to stay connected with the Piako Catchment Forum to see the ongoing impact of our work. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or visit our website for the latest updates and opportunities to get involved.

Join Us: Your support and involvement are crucial for the continued success of our projects. Together, we can make a lasting difference in restoring and preserving our natural heritage.

From all of us at the Piako Catchment Forum, a heartfelt thank you to our funders. Your support empowers us to protect and enhance the biodiversity of our beautiful region.