Tasman Environmental Trust was founded in 2000 by four organisations: The Department of Conservation, Federated Farmers, Queen Elizabeth II Trust and the Tasman District Council.
Our trustees have a wide and deep range of conservationist experience and are therefore able to provide information and expertise to grass-roots environmental groups. Having skills and experience in science, business, farming, health services and policy enables the trust to connect with and work alongside a variety of sectors and the individuals, groups and organisations within these.
The Tasman Environmental Trust has recently appointed a Trust Manager to oversee day to day running of the trust, administration and project management.
The Trusts Vision and Purpose
Tasman District is a beautiful place. It embraces three national parks and many different environments and flora and fauna.
The prime objective of the Tasman Environmental Trust is to support the appreciation, protection, maintenance and restoration of Tasman's distinctive natural environment.
Vision Tasman Environmental Trust is valued for its support of the appreciation, protection, maintenance and restoration of Nelson Tasman’s distinctive natural environments.
Mission/Purpose Tasman Environmental Trust (TET) will work with individuals, groups and organisations to improve biodiversity, protect and restore habitats and ecosystems, and enhance water quality.
Goals Measureable improvements in environmental health and biodiversity in Nelson Tasman will include:
An increase in effective and resilient habitat for native plants and animals
Self-sustaining population densities of native plants and animals
Improved quality of water in local streams, rivers and estuaries
Wetlands protected and restored
More people with a better understanding of environmental health issues
An increase in the communities’ participation in work to protect and enhance the environment
We have prioritised certain areas and projects within the Tasman region including wetlands and freshwater and coastal eco-systems especially around the Waimea Inlet.
We continue the work of founding member Martin Conway by propagating and planting local threatened species.
We are guided in this work by the Native Habitats Tasman reports which provide accurate assessments of the current state of each plant species.
The Cobb Valley Mitigation Fund allows us to fund projects in the Takaka catchment area. Forty-nine projects have been funded so far.