Improving water quality and protecting the Hawke’s Bay environment

Published: Aug 19, 2020

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Projects to improve the water quality in Hawke’s Bay’s Tukituki River and protect erosion-prone coastal land are being supported by the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF).

A river flanked by farm lands and further back, a mountainous landscape.

PGF funding will help improve water quality of the Tukituki River in Hawke's Bay.

The PGF is providing grants totalling more than $900,000 for Te Puna Farms and the Proprietors of Waipuka 3B1C2 Land Block to tackle the environmental work. 

The issue of water quality is a major concern for communities throughout the country and the government is committed to improving water quality in our rivers, lakes and streams. 

In Hawke’s Bay, the Tukituki River is widely used for recreational activities including fishing, swimming, boating, whitebaiting and bird watching. 

The Te Puna Farm Environmental Acceleration Project is receiving $393,600 for riparian planting and fencing. 

The project will employ 15 workers who will put up 12 kilometres of fencing and plant 30,000 seedlings on 15 hectares of riparian land.

Areas to trap sediment to stop it entering waterways are also being built and when the project’s completed, it will far exceed the district’s environmental requirements.

Meanwhile, the Waipuka 3B1C2 Land Block is receiving a $516,000 grant from the Provincial Growth Fund to tackle farmland erosion and future proof the property against major weather events.

The block is a 397 hectare sheep and beef farm on the eastern coast of Hawke’s Bay near Ocean Beach and Waimarama. Several large gullies on the property were badly eroded and damaged during a major storm in Easter 2011.

The area is a priority erosion management area for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the funding will allow the land’s owners to tackle the erosion issues resulting from the storm.

This includes retiring the gullies from grazing by erecting 12 kilometres of fencing and planting an estimated 136,000 native seedlings across 123 hectares.

The owners are also exploring options to make their land and farming systems more resilient to future storm events.