Water projects get millions in PGF funding

Published: Oct 27, 2020

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Water projects around the country are benefitting from more than $20m in Government funding.

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The funding will be in the form of grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) and Provincial Development Unit (PDU).

GNS Science is leading a $10m project funded by the PGF to assess regional water needs and map aquifers around the country.

In Te Tau Ihu - Top of the South, Marlborough District Council’s Flaxbourne Community Water Scheme will receive a $3m PDU loan.

The money will be used for a water infrastructure project in Flaxbourne which will support viticulture.

Two projects in the Tairāwhiti region will receive more than $8m.

Te Aitanga a Mahaki Trust is receiving a $6.5m PGF loan to design and build the Turanga water scheme across multiple Maori land blocks near Gisborne.

The other funding will see Wi Pere Trust get a $1.6m PDU loan for the Wi Pere Water Storage project.

This initiative will provide a reliable water supply which will allow the land to be developed into horticulture vegetable production, creating jobs and opportunities for whanau and others by improving productivity and resilience.