The Wairakei Environmental Mitigation Charitable Trust was established to facilitate the enhancement, protection and management of a variety of
geothermal and natural resources characteristics located within Environment Waikato's regional boundary. It addresses the environmental issues
of the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Funding is allocated to those projects which comply with the purpose of the Trust.
[+] 2005 - 2006 Funding Round
Department of Conservation (Taupo/Turangi) - Project to study how to minimise the impacts of visitors on the Karapiti and Broadlands geothermal areas which include Taupo's popular "Craters of the Moon" attraction.
Department of Conservation (Taupo/Turangi) - Project to re-vegetate the Ngatamariki Scenic Reserve with heat tolerant native plants.
Department of Conservation (Taupo/Turangi) - Project to study the sinter formations in the Tokaanu Thermal Area (sinter is rock that is formed when silica is deposited from geothermal waters over long periods of time).
Institute of Geological Nuclear Sciences (Taupo) - Project to study the microorganisms and invertebrates that live in the geothermal environmental.
Eastern Regional Fish and Game (Rotorua) - Project to enhance angling access below the Ohakuri Dam.
Department of Conservation (Bay of Plenty) - Project to protect the Te Kopia Geothermal area from wilding pine and stock invasion, where large colonies of the rare ferns Dicranopteris linearis and Christella sp. 'thermal' and the rare bearded orchid Calochilus robertsonii can be found.
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