The Freshwater Improvement Fund supports the management of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater and wetlands. The Government has committed $100 million over 10 years to the Freshwater Improvement Fund.
On this page you can find out about projects that have been funded. The map has an overview of each project and where it is located. See also more indepth stories on selected projects.
Project descriptions and locations
This map gives you a brief description of the projects funded through the Freshwater Improvement Fund to date. It also shows where they are located.
To view the location of projects select Freshwater Improvement Fund on the map legend. Deselect the other options.
The map also enables you to see other freshwater projects that have received Government funding administered by MfE.
Improving the water quality and mauri of the Pūniu River
Restoration of the Pūniu River is of significant spiritual value to Tangata whenua, the kaitiaki of this awa.
The goals of the ‘Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu’ (Guardians of the Pūniu River) are to improve water quality and the mauri of Waikato’s Pūniu awa and restore the tuna habitat and terrestrial biodiversity.
Restoration of Ahuriri Wetland
The Ahuriri Lagoon was once a large body of water and wetland. The lagoon was gradually drained and ecological and mahinga kai values all but lost.
The aim is recreate the wetland. The main goals are to improve water quality, biodiversity values in the area and recreate a mahinga kai site for iwi.
Protecting the water quality in Lake Wanaka and the Upper Clutha catchment
The water quality of Lake Wanaka and the Upper Clutha Catchment is being affected by growth in agriculture, tourism and urban development. The Upper Clutha Lakes Trust's goal is to reduce the impacts.
The project received $385,000 from the Freshwater Improvement Fund to:
- develop and implement an integrated catchment management plan
- riparian plant along waterways
- assess the effects of urban development on lake health and decide management measures.