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:
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.”