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Waimakariri Ecological and Landscape Restoration Alliance (WELRA)

Who are we?

WELRA is a not-for-profit incorporated society devoted to controlling wilding tree spread in the upper Waimakariri region. The alliance is a formal amalgamation of the key parties involved in wilding tree control efforts established in November 2008.
Represented in the alliance are:

  • The Castle Hill Village Residents
  • Local farmers
  • Recreationalists
  • DOC
  • Environment Canterbury
  • The University of Canterbury
  • Lincoln University
  • Orion
  • Canterbury Environmental Trust
  • High Country Federated Farmers
  • Selwyn District Council
  • St Andrews College
  • Forest & Bird Society
  • Transpower
  • Transit
  • Ngai Tahu
  • LINZ.

Our Mission

The Waimakariri Ecological and Landscape Restoration Alliance (WELRA) mission is:
To obtain and coordinate funding to undertake wilding tree management in the upper Waimakariri Basin with the aim of restoring and maintaining the area's unique landscape and biodiversity values and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among people and organisations with similar wilding control aims.
See a copy of WELRA's constitution (DOC 1.5MB).

Our Activities

WELRA's activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Controlling the spread of wilding trees within the upper Waimakariri Basin by the most effective and appropriate means available.
  • Securing funds to facilitate the control of wilding spread within the upper Waimakariri Basin.
  • Generating publicity to enhance the awareness of the importance of controlling wilding spread within the upper Waimakariri Basin.
  • Disseminating information on wilding spread.
  • Encouraging and promoting research on wilding spread.
  • Assisting local and central governments and other agencies to recognise the benefits of attaining and maintaining a wilding-free landscape within the upper Waimakariri Basin.

Waimakariri Basin
The landscape at risk.