July 29, 2021
Jobs for Nature boosts iwi conservation efforts in Te Taitokerau
More than 50 people will be employed on predator and pest control in Northland’s Puketi forest as part of a major surge of Jobs for Nature funding into the region.
Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says over the next three years over $20 million will be invested in 12 projects creating more than 300 jobs.
She says skills learned will help locals move into other employment opportunities beyond the life of the projects.
Many of the projects will also strengthen the ability of iwi and mana whenua to address environmental concerns.
Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi gets $840,000 for its Kaitiaki Kauri project to safeguard kauri across the Bay of Islands including Russell, Puketi, Whangaroa, Omahuta, Rākaumangamanga and Ōpua Forests.
North of Kaitaia, a Ngāi Takoto group will get $2.64 million to expand its restoration of dune lakes, wetlands, rivers, and dune systems.
Te Aupouri gets almost $3 million to address ecological pressures at key sites of cultural, social, and environmental significance, including the habitat of internationally significant plants, snails, and birds including the kuaka or godwit, while Te Haumihi o Ngāti Kuri gets $2.64 million to establish biosecurity management across the very tip of the North, the Three Kings and Motuopao Islands, and surrounding marine environment.
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