The Aspiring Biodiversity Trust (2686932) incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 on 8th November 2017. Registered Charity CC55526.

The existence (raison d’etre) of the Aspiring Biodiversity Trust (ABT) is with a view to the protection and enhancement of New Zealands indigenous biodiversity with a focus on the endangered biodiversity of the Makarora region of the northern Mount Aspiring National Park and peripheral areas.

Makarora Catchment from Mt Shrimpton showing the Wilkin River confluence and the delta with Lake Wanaka

The significance and precarious wellbeing of the endemic biodiversity within the Makarora area is recognised locally, but perhaps on a national level is not well understood and is understated. An earliest baseline status of birdlife within the Makarora area was provided in the form of survey work by the late Peter Child, undertaken between 1978 and 1984 covering most of the Mount Aspiring National Park area.

The late Peter Child (standing) at Lake Castalia (Head of the Wilkin) recording rock wren during 1980’s.

Current efforts to improve the outcomes for endemic biodiversity in the Makarora region are in the form of mammalian predator control programmes, largely carried out by volunteers in collaboration with the Department of Conservation (DOC). As a guide to targeting and evaluation of any trapping programmes, species survey data is temporally and spatially sparse. A lack of funding and scientific direction appears to be an impediment to necessary expedient endemic biodiversity protection and enhancement in the Makarora area.

ABT exists as a medium to help finance and facilitate necessary scientific based survey/ monitoring/ evaluation work and extended predator control programmes, promoting endemic biodiversity restoration and enhancement within the Makarora area.

Key attributes underpinning the projected effectiveness of ABT include:

  • Location/region specific biodiversity enhancement/restoration objectives; Makarora and immediate surround more specifically defined by “Makarora Catchment Threatened Species Plan”.
  • Objectives exclusively of biodiversity protection, restoration, enhancement and promotion.
  • Aspiration to be attractive to wide community support and funding from various resources and varied demographic.
  • Provision of an inviting conduit for businesses local and distant to positively contribute qualities that demonstrate the importance of considering the natural world i.e. potential acquisition of biodiversity accreditation.
  • A highly skilled team and supporting collaborators.