July 23, 2021
Iwi benefit in Tairawhiti jobs for nature push
Jobs for Nature is putting $14.7 million into iwi-led and iwi-designed projects in Te Tairāwhiti.
Almost $11 million is going to Tūranga Kaimahi mō te Taiao, a collaborative ecological regeneration partnership between Tūranga iwi Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga a Māhaki to protect biodiversity through fencing, planting, and weed and pest management, as well as restore and protect cultural historic sites.
A partnership of Gisborne District Council, Maraetaha Incorporated, and Tāmanuhiri Tūtū Poroporo Trust will get $2 million to transform 1100ha of pine plantation in Waingake into indigenous forest, restoring lowland podocarp-broadleaf ecosystems and protecting the whenua that provides Tairāwhiti and Gisborne’s drinking water.
The combined mahi of restoration planting, weed control and pest control will provide an integrated approach to protecting the headwaters of three significant catchments and restoring mauri through reducing sediment, lifting water quality, and upholding Te Mana o Te Wai.
Māhia Restoration Trust receives $1.4million to restore Māhanga Forest, Lake Rotopounamu, the Hine Rauiri stream, and two wetland areas, including developing a nursery in the forest for traditional rongoā plants.
Te Rea, which was piloted during the Covid lockdown as Tairāwhiti Agroecology Recovery Project, gets another $500,000 so it can continue for a further year supporting rural communities to create nature-based employment.
Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan says the funding will create 165 new jobs over the next three years and provide fantastic training opportunities for those looking for pathways into a conservation career.
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