Monday, 06 July 2020 09:58

$162m waterway clean-up package

Written by  Staff Reporters
The package will deliver 500 jobs within the first year and over 2000 jobs over the lifetime of the projects. The package will deliver 500 jobs within the first year and over 2000 jobs over the lifetime of the projects.

A new package of 23 projects across the country aims to clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced the package over the weekend.

Of the $162 million dollar package, $100 million will go towards the Kaipara Moana Remediation Programme to halt degradation of the Kaipara harbour. The remaining $62 million will be spent on 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils.  

The projects are funded from the $1.1 billion Jobs for Nature package announced in the 2020 Budget. $433 million of that fund has been allocated to regional environmental projects such as these.

“These projects will help restore wetlands, rivers and streams, regenerate native bush and control pests and weeds while creating much needed jobs in the regions,” said Ardern.

“Many of these jobs do not require extensive training for new workers, so they are good to go. Previous jobs for nature projects have matched workers displaced from the tourism sector and the same can happen here. 

Ardern says New Zealand’s “clean green image” must be protected as it is how products and tourism are marketed. 

The initiatives include $11.2 million towards restoring Lake Horowhenua wetlands and $9 million towards Mahurangi East River and land restoration projects, said Parker.

“These 22 projects were selected because they deliver clear and immediate job creation, significant environmental outcomes, regional spread, and because of engagement in them by iwi and community groups.”

Parker says the projects were chosen from a list of more than 300 submitted by regional councils.

Projects were chosen by a panel of people from the Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation, and Ministry for Primary Industries.

More like this

Talk is cheap - Editorial

OPINION: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered a ‘nice’ speech at last week’s Primary Industry Conference, organised and run by Federated Farmers.

Don't run out of water

 Water is something we often take for granted but over recent years, through the droughts inflicted on us, I have seen many farms whose water systems have been lacking.

Who cares?

OPINION: Meanwhile, your canine crusader is left a little bemused about all the crowing and cooing from the media and commentators about the “amazing diversity” of Ardern’s new Cabinet. 

A minister for Europe?

Jacinda Ardern should consider basing one of her senior cabinet ministers in Europe by early next year, says trade commentator Mike Petersen.



John Deere names new Aust/NZ head

John Deere Australia/New Zealand’s new managing director Luke Chandler says he will prioritise leading the way in technology and investing in strong relationships.

Trade deal delivers new 'rulebook'

A new trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), has been described as a new rule book for trade in the Asian region.


Wyeth ready for the 'Coast'

The chief executive-elect of Yili-owned Westland Milk Products Richard Wyeth is looking forward to the challenge of running the company.

Machinery & Products

Weeds in for a shock

WIith an increasing focus on reducing chemical herbicides, largely because of crop resistance and a potential build-up of residues, new…

V8 - a baler with a grunt

Following three years of testing with clients worldwide, Ireland-based manufacturer McHale has added a bigger model to its range of…

Virtual CV valuable tool

With a 12-year history of recruiting specialised operators from overseas to service the agricultural contracting industry, Hanzon Jobs typically brings…

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Action, please!

The Hound notes that despite the new government having been elected for well over a month, there seems to a…


Your canine crusader is intrigued to learn that the upper-class twats who attend Oxford University in the UK have voted…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter