Navigator Projects

Are you keen to work on your land to reduce sediment?

Are you keen to try something larger-scale or more innovative?

Are you open to sharing your learnings with your neighbours and leading the charge in how we can reduce sediment flows into the Kaipara Moana?

In 2023, we also want to work with landowners and/or groups across the catchment who are keen to undertake larger-scale and/or innovative sediment reduction projects, and to share their experience and learnings with others in their community, iwi/hapū, or sector.

Is this for you?

  • Are you up for starting an on-the-ground project in 2023 to reduce erosion and sediment going into waterways? This could be a larger-scale riparian/wetland restoration project, innovative planting or regeneration in highly erodible hill country, or other actions that target land with high sediment risk, and
  • You may be at any stage of your remediation journey, but need to be willing to share your experience and learnings with others.

Why work with KMR?

KMR will fund up to 50% of the costs of the remediation activity and will go the extra mile to help projects to get off the ground. We can support some project management costs (in line with our Whenua Whānui Fund criteria) and will help connect projects to additional third-party funding where possible.

KMR will provide a Field Advisor to help you plan your project and, depending on the nature of the project, can also enable access to other specialist advice as needed and/or mentoring to support applicants to achieve their aspirations.

In return, we ask that landowners/groups are willing to share their learnings with others e.g. through a field day, small focus group with other landowners, or a case study. These shared learnings can help us all to navigate the remediation approaches of the future.

Examples of potential Navigator projects are as follows:

  • Large-scale wetland restoration projects
  • Large-scale community riparian planting projects
  • Kānuka space planting to stabilise hill slopes
  • Retirement of land and managed native regeneration
  • Mixed exotic hardwood and native forest to stabilise hill slopes
  • Sediment detention bunds or sediment traps

Expressions of Interest had to be in by 5pm Sunday 19 February 2023.

We’ll pick a few project ideas that demonstrate a cross-section of actions, landowners or groups, and environments across the catchment. We’ll work with the project leaders to further develop the project, with a view to starting work in winter 2023.

To find out more, or get in touch with your ideas below, please email us at