February 03, 2019
Government steps up to boost Māori land earnings
The Government is committing $100 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to assist in the development of Māori land.
Announcing the pūtea at Ōtamatea Marae in Kaipara yesterday, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says Te Puni Kōkiri will work with landowners to build capacity and identify shovel-ready projects suitable for investment.
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said while the previous National-Māori Party Government spent millions of dollars attempting the rewrite of Māori land law without increasing the productive capacity of a hectare of Māori land, the current Government is prepared to take direct action.
Māori economic development was identified early on as a key focus of the Provincial Growth Fund, because lifting the productivity of Māori land will have enormous benefits for regional economies.
Mr Jones and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also announced the fund would spend $27 million upgrading Kaipara roads and jetties, and $980,000 for Kaipara Kai – a project that will explore new crop and stock types and aquaculture opportunities for the region.
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