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Jobs for Nature: Funding for catchment group projects

The Ministry for Primary Industries has allocated $10 million to five catchment group projects as part of the government’s Jobs for Nature programme.

The catchment projects are located in the Bay of Plenty, Rangitikei, Ellesmere and across Otago and will support:

  • beef and lamb farmers
  • dairy
  • horticulture
  • some Maori land owners. 

They will help with:

  • land restoration
  • wetland protection
  • remediation of waterways
  • planting
  • pest-control 
  • farm environment plans.

Five funded catchment projects

Pongakawa/Little Waihi (Bay of Plenty)

Working towards environmental improvements in the Waihi catchment focused on planting and land restoration. Focusing on remediation of the water quality and health of the Little Waihi Estuary. 

Rangitikei Rivers collective (Manawatu-Wanganui)

Working towards accelerating and expanding existing projects including erosion control, riparian and native planting and removing Old Mans’ Beard. 

Otago catchment community

Working towards supporting catchment groups and farmers to drive environmental change in areas that are important to their local community, particularly with planting, preparation and maintenance. Mix of individual farm plantings and catchment community plantings and maintenance. This initiative would be region wide.

Wanaka Future Reset (Central Otago)

Working towards planting, fencing, pest management, wetland construction and catchment mapping. 

Ellesmere Sustainable Agriculture (Canterbury) 

Working towards riparian plating and fencing wetland areas and streams that feed into Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora. 

More information

Ministers' news

17 July 2020 Ministers media release: Catchment restoration investment will drive clean water and more jobs [Beehive website]