Over $14 million for 15 fencing waterways projects nationwide

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The Provincial Growth Fund will invest an additional $14 million in 15 fencing waterways projects nationwide that will improve the environment and create jobs in their communities.

Approximately 156 jobs will be created in regions nationwide where work is most needed post-COVID-19. Work on these initiatives is expected to start in the next couple of months.

The Government’s Jobs for Nature package aims to provide immediate support to redeploy displaced workers because of the economic effect of COVID-19 and maintain regional waterway assets. The fencing waterways initiatives have encouraged farmers, landowners and Māori trusts to look at improving the quality of their waterways by fencing off stock and creating biodiversity through planting.

Stinks Contracting Ltd in Waikato will receive $49,603 to fence 650 metres of the Ratarua Stream, which is a significant tributary to the Ohinemuri River, which ultimately feeds into the Hauraki Gulf via the Waihou River system.

The company was formed in April when the owner Ryan Spinks, an Air New Zealand Boeing 777 pilot, was made redundant due to the economic impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector.

In addition to the fencing, the project will plant 1.5 hectares of riparian plants, including wetland and dune lake protection with 6,000 native plants on the land used by the public to access a Department of Conservation walking track.

Stinks Contracting was formed as a fencing and planting gang to protect sensitive waterways and provide jobs to other local people displaced by the Covid-19 whilst improving the local ecosystems.

The work will employ up to 11 workers, including two other redundant Air NZ pilots.

Hurunui Tours Limited in North Canterbury will receive $191,334 to undertake much needed 12 kilometres of fencing and 10 hectares of riparian planting.

Hurunui Hills is a family owned farm where the production of merino wool and angus beef dates back to 1884. In recent years, the owners have diversified into tours of the farm for tourists which details the daily workings of the farm and the history of the farm and region. Due to the decline in tourism in the wake of COVID-19, the applicant will be redeploying their tour drivers to carry out fencing and planting for this project. Six people will be employed.

In total, the PGF has invested in 35 fencing waterways projects and will create more than 420 jobs nationwide. A total 1,628 hectares of planting will be done and 907 kilometres of fencing built across the country.

For full details on the fencing waterways projects being funded:

Funding announcements

Published: Oct 16, 2020