Media Release – 15 October 2016

Forty river clean-up projects successful in latest funding allocation from the Waikato River Authority

The Waikato River Authority has announced it will allocate $4.4 million to a further 40 projects to help clean up the Waikato and Waipa river catchment following its latest funding decisions.

Lakes and wetland projects are a major feature of the funding with 20 projects related to restoration of wetlands and lakes across the Waikato River and Waipa River catchments.

Authority Funding Manager Keri Neilson says the high number of projects successfully funded is an indication of the strength of funding applications received this year.

“The Authority has been particularly pleased to see a high level of collaboration between groups and organisations in successful projects this year. It has been our experience that these sorts of projects are well delivered and offer the best outcomes for the river,” she says.

One of the larger projects to receive funding this year involves the restoration of a gully wetland which has multiple land owners. The Tangirau Wetland is a 43 hectare area is in the lower Waipa area and will receive just over $300,000 in funding that will enable enhanced water quality and biodiversity.

The Authority is also funding a project to investigate options for land use change in the upper Waipa catchment this year. Following on from work currently underway on a comprehensive whole-of-catchment Restoration Strategy, the project will investigate different land uses and how these might be achieved financially. The upper Waipa River area is a major contributor to sediment and nutrients entering the Waipa and ultimately the lower Waikato River. The project will receive $120,000 and will be led by the Waikato Regional Council and delivered in partnership with the Authority.

The latest funding announcements are for the 6th funding round to be carried out by the Waikato River Authority. To date 210 projects have received Authority funding of more than $31.5 million.