NZ Government commits $36 million to projects to enhance waterways

More than 400 jobs will be created by a $36 million funding round to clean up and protect waterways, says Environment Minister David Parker.

Nineteen projects are being launched during the second quarter of this year. Parker said the initiative is part of the Jobs for Nature package that commits a billion dollars to improving the environment.

“From the high-country slopes in Canterbury to sensitive wetlands in the Nelson region, rivers in Northland, Taranaki, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and Otago – this funding will help our freshwater systems right across the country,” Parker said.

Te Mana o Te Wai, the guiding principle of the recently released Essential Freshwater reforms, means protecting the life-supporting capacity of freshwater. It gives priority to the health of freshwater, then the needs of people and then commercial uses.