May 14, 2021
Iwi water tanks offer relief for dry north
Te Rūnanga Nui ō Te Aupōuri has won government backing to lead an $8 million project to install up to 1000 water tanks in the far north for homes and community facilities.
Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi says funding for Te Hiku water security project will come from the National Emergency Management Agency’s drought financial assistance package.
As well as making the region more able to withstand droughts and the effects of climate change, the project will provide employment and skills opportunities.
Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says marae and papakāinga in rural areas can become unusable if they don’t have reliable water supply.
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