The Trust was finally completed and set up in the year 2006.
The Mahorangi Environmental Education Trust was born out of need to stop 1080 (sodium monofloroacetate) from being dropped in Nydia Bay, in the Marlborough Sounds and surrounding native bush.
The Trust undertook a project of eradication of the Australian possum, using land based traps instead of 1080 poison, with a very successful out come.
The members of the trust continued on developing management skills in environment protection projects but also in educational skills and training skills.
The members of the trust saw a need for non-government based and/or financed organisation, which was the traditional way for environment protection, to fill a void and finance environment protection through profitable enterprisers, and in doing so to add more effort by utilizing ongoing sustainable financial eco engines that create annual profits to channel the funds where they are needed. That is, to the environments care!
In doing so, creating sustainable employment within communities and providing an ever improving natural clean environment for the benefit of the growing community. The Trustees and the supporters of the Mahoerangi Environmental Education Trust know this is a good, viable worthwhile idea.
The APE concept is of businesses deliberately created by the Mahoerangi Environmental Education Trust (MEET), with the sole aim of competing with the current profit focused practices of business, on the same playing field, but with a few subtle differences. These differences are quite simple. The business must first achieve the initial goal, which is to operate in an environmentally considerate and sustainable manner, including the contentment and happiness of all those that operate this business.
When the business has reached this point and is showing a profit over and above the cost of development of the business, all profits derived are to be channelled to the environment via APE.
The profits are given to the environment, via Wages, Training, Equipment, Education, Research and the Facilities needed to undertake given projects concerning environmental care, preservation and restoration efforts.