QEII is one of 19 signatories to the Taranaki Accord that aims to protect biodiversity and enhance native habitats in the region. Other agencies involved include Federated Farmers, DOC, regional councils, Forest and Bird, Fish and Game, Waikato University Research Institute and several trusts.
Taranaki has around 170 native plant and animal species that are identified as threatened, at risk, or regionally distinctive such as the Taranaki giant snail (Powelliphanta “Egmont) and the Egmont red tussock. Some, like Maui’s dolphin and kokako, are currently close to local extinction.
Accord signatories bring a wealth of experience and different perspectives to the table. They have agreed to work together to set out strategic priorities and joint actions to strengthen existing programmes and develop new ones (like enhancing aversion dog training to help kiwi and blue penguin populations), giving Taranaki the best possible chance to protect and improve its valuable biodiversity.