July 16, 2020
Te Arawa uses COVID funds for environment clean up
Te Arawa Lakes Trust is to get $2.5 million for its Mauri Tū Mauri Ora Te Arawa environmental programme, creating 40 jobs.
The money comes from the Government’s Jobs for Nature fund, set up in response to COVID-19.
The project includes wetland restoration, catfish and aquatic weed control, pest eradication, monitoring water takes and discharges, and beehive management work across its rohe.
Trust chair Tā Toby Curtis says the Mauri Tu proposal was developed during the Level 4 lockdown to generate new job opportunities by advancing environmental projects.
He says COVID-19 has significantly impacted Te Arawa people, many of whom worked in tourism, hospitality and service industries.
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says the COVID-19 recovery and Budget 2020 package has effectively tripled Land Information New Zealand’s biosecurity budget and has allowed it to ramp up programmes to control aquatic weeds.
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