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Future Rivers is a nationwide sponsorship service - as we develop across NZ more projects will come on board. We want to channel a supporter's contributions into their local regions, where possible. It is intended that by managing the Future Rivers strategy into different regions and working with local supporters we will discover, first hand, projects that are in need of funding.


Environmental Projects

Project : Deep Creek Restoration

One of our iconic Canterbury spring creeks sadly had an illegal diversion applied to it some time ago. This discovery was drawn to the attention of the local Fish & Game office in early 2012. With the requirement of a resource consent, uncertainty of the cost, and on-going conservation priorities, it meant that the issue still lay unresolved some 14 months later. Through funding from the Future Rivers Trust, it has been agreed with Central South Island Fish & Game to begin a consent application that will blanket the entire central south island region for restoration works like this. This will take some time to process but will result in what can become a ‘best practice’ approach for efficient conservation action similarly across all of New Zealand. It’s these sorts of activities; those that promote sustainable procedures, that Future Rivers support.

Upper Rakaia Salmon Spawning

The development of a strategy for implementing an extensive project in the upper Rakaia area for salmon spawning is being put together by North Canterbury Fish & Game. This will include working with local high country land owners and specialists in the field to create a positive, measurable outcome for the future of Rakaia salmon.

Lower Waimak Trout Spawning

A smaller project closer to Christchurch is being developed to measure and control the habitats of trout spawning areas of the Waimak.

Post quake management of the Avon river

With the liquifaction of many parts of Christchurch post quake, the health of the Avon river has declined through considerable effects of silt / sedimentation build up. The treatment of this problem is through implementing a removal process of which includes the extraction, separation and transfer of the material.

Tahr Collaring

Seasonal movements and habitat use by mature male Himalayan tahr in New Zealand are being measured by the NZ Game and Forest Foundation. This study will be carried out firstly on the Eastern side of the Southern Alps and then the following year on the Western side. The seasonal movements of Himalayan tahr will be evaluated using Iridium GPS collars. Initially, 5 collars will be placed on males ≥5 years old captured at the end of June and tracked for 13 months. In order to provide good information applicable to hunters the bulls will all be captured on public land or land that is regularly hunted. It is intended that one bull will be captured in each of the major river catchments, Rakaia, Havelock, Clyde, Godley, and Hopkins/Dobson. Given that under the Himalayan tahr control plan the target density for National Park is zero no animals will be captured there.

Educational Projects

Young Anglers - 'Hooked on Fun'

A participation based schools model for raising fish and learning skills in freshwater environments. With support from the Future Rivers Trust and alot of planning from hard working volunteers, this project has been made a reality. The aim of this pilot strategy is to develop a working model for nation wide facilitation in 2014 and drive greater interest and participation of youth in fishing. The Future Rivers brand has exclusive rights to the management of funding for this project seeing the great potential for sponsors in our industry to play a part in its development. Once this model is established in angling a similar, progressive skills-based programme, will be implemented for young game bird hunters also. The Fish in Schools project aligns perfectly with the Future Rivers philosophy. We believe this project can be the catalyst for change in the ways that education can develop the values of environmental stewardship in our youth. For more informtion on all of our projects get in touch with us via the contact page.




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