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.
The fund is not currently open for applications and dates for the next funding round have not been set.
On this page you can find out about projects that have been funded.
Project descriptions and locations
Get an overview of each project that has been granted funding from the Freshwater Improvement Fund.
View the information on a map or in a table (links below).
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 kaupapa of the Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu (Guardians of the Pūniu River) project is to connect local whānau with improving water quality and the mauri of Waikato’s Pūniu awa. The project employs 30 people to do this important mahi.
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 Wānaka Water Project’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.