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Published: 2015-12-15 00:00:00

Waikato Regional Council-linked environmental protection and restoration projects have attracted more than $1.3 million in Waikato River Authority contributions in the latest funding round announced recently.

“This is a real vote of confidence in this work we’re doing in co-operation with iwi, community groups and landowners outside the scope of the council’s core business-as-usual work,” said council chairperson Paula Southgate.

“I’m very grateful for the funding and the very co-operative relationship we have with the authority when it comes to protecting and restoring the Waikato and Waipa rivers.”

The projects being funded include:

  • $828,000 for the development and implementation of the Waikato-Waipa restoration strategy. The strategy is being developed through a partnership between DairyNZ, the Waikato River Authority and Waikato Regional Council, and will provide a framework for all organisations involved in Waikato and Waipa River catchment restoration activities.
  • Just under $345,000 for the Mangaotama wetland restoration project to undertake weed control, fencing, planting and pest control on an ecologically significant 27 hectares wetland near Ngahinapouri
  • $85,000 for Lake Otamatearoa and Parkinson's Lake restoration, involving fencing and planting of 20,000 native plants around dune lakes near Waiuku
  • $34,000 for the Lake Waikare northern foreshore enhancement which is includes planting 10,000 plants for wetland enhancement
  • $32,000 for Mangapu River riparian restoration project which involves native planting of 2.5 kilometres of river margin near Te Kuiti.

The council’s role in these projects involves some cash input and staff time to project manage and work with local volunteers, iwi groups and organise contractors.

“This approach to supporting such projects is assisting iwi trusts, marae, community groups, private landowners and others to undertake restoration works and build their knowledge and capacity,” said Ms Southgate.

“It’s important that we help build the community’s capacity to take the initiative when it comes to enhancing our environment.”