Budget 2020 provided the Ministry for the Environment $433 million for regional environmental projects targeted at freshwater improvement and a further $67 million for the freshwater improvement fund and at risk catchments.
The Provincial Growth Fund also has up to $100 million for landowners to fence off sensitive waterways and for riparian planting.
Find out about:
- Funding for council-submitted quick-start projects
- Funding for the Kaipara Moana Remediation Programme
- Funding for landowners
- Funding from the Freshwater Improvement Fund
- Funding from the Te Mana o te Wai Fund.
In July 2020, the Government announcedfunding of $61,980,287 for 22 quick-start projects to improve freshwater quality.
If you’re a job seeker, check out the projects below managed by councils and other organisations that have been funded as part of the Jobs for Nature programme in your area. We have provided links to their websites or direct to project pages where they exist. We suggest you monitor the councils’ current vacancies or careers pages. They may have jobs being advertised now or in the near future.
|Recipient||Project Title||New Jobs expected Over Life of project||Crown FunDing|
|Auckland Council||Mahurangi East land restoration||55||$5,000,000|
|Mahurangi River Restoration Trust||Restoring our River||50||$4,064,237|
|Bay of Plenty Regional Council||Bay Conservation Cadets||170||$3,500,000|
|Environment Southland||Expand our Action on the Ground projects to increasingly protect and restore Southlands Biodiversity||60||$4,250,000|
|Environment Southland||Expansion of Regional Fish Passage Restoration||12||$385,000|
|Tairawhiti Environment Centre||Tairawhiti Agroecology Recovery Project (TARP)||70||$4,848,250|
|Greater Wellington Regional Council||Riparian management major rivers||50||$2,500,000|
|Greater Wellington Regional Council||Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Project||100||$3,500,000|
|Horizons Regional Council||Riparian planting and stream fencing||125||$4,681,000|
|Horizons Regional Council||Lake Horowhenua wetlands||45||$11,200,000|
|Horizons Regional Council||Enhancing indigenous fish populations through fish passage remediation||15||$2,572,000|
|Marlborough District Council||Catchment Care Programme||15||$600,000|
|Nelson City Council||Riparian management major rivers||30||$1,700,000|
|Northland Regional Council||Whangārei urban awa (blue/green) project||8||$524,800|
|Taranaki Regional Council||'Transforming Taranaki' through Riparian Management||120||$5,000,000|
|Tasman District Council||Waimea Inlet enhancement project||6||$500,000|
|Tasman District Council||Waimea Inlet Billion Trees Project (Phase 2)||14||$1,100,000|
|Waikato Regional Council||Lake Kimihia lake level restoration project||4||$740,000|
|Waikato Regional Council||Restoration of Opuatia Wetland||4||$230,000|
|Waikato Regional Council||The Piako River Green Corridor||47||$2,825,000|
|Waikato Regional Council||Upper Waioumu Willow and Poplar Removal and Habitat Enhancement||21||$1,740,000|
|West Coast Regional Council||Karamea riparian restoration||22||$520,000|
This programme will halt degradation of the Kaipara harbour. Funding of $100 million has been provided to kick-start the $200 million six-year Kaipara Moana Remediation Programme.
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing up to $100 million to fence waterways and undertake companion riparian planting and stock water reticulation to help create jobs and encourage landowners to fence off sensitive waterways from stock to improve water quality. This not only gets people into jobs now, it will reap environmental benefits for years to come.
Regional councils will provide some support for fencing that the PGF can augment by contracting local firms to redeploy workers to undertake the work.
The fund is open. Landowners can apply through the Grow Regions website [PDF, 629 KB].
Projects most likely to be considered will creates employment outcomes, including working with the Ministry of Social Development to employ displaced workers; meet the criteria of improving water quality and associated activities, such as riparian planting and stock water reticulation; are in surge regions with the greatest water quality issues; benefits multiple landowners, particularly Māori land owners; benefits the wider community; have had costs scoped; and are able to commence within three to six months.
This programme is part of a broader government programme of fencing waterways work and will complement the sustainable land use work programme being progressed by the Ministry of Primary Industries and the Ministry for the Environment.
Proposals will be evaluated against the criteria and applicants assessed to ensure they have the capability and rights to practically deliver the projects at pace.