Media Release – 17 November 2014

Waipa catchment strongly supported in clean up allocation

The Waikato River Authority has announced it will allocate $6 million to 33 river clean up projects this year following its latest funding decisions.

Two major projects, both in the Waipa River catchment, will each receive $1 million of funding. These include implementation work for the Waipa Catchment Plan particularly around soil conservation schemes. The work is to be coordinated by the Waikato Regional Council and the Authority’s funding is subject to the Council also committing it’s funding to the project as part of it’s Long Term Plan.

The other $1 million Waipa project is a partnership with DairyNZ to develop sustainable milk plans for dairy farms in the catchment. The project follows on from a similar undertaking in the Karapiro catchment that has shown improvements in the environmental effects from dairy farming around water quality and nutrient loss.

Waikato River Authority co-chairs Hon John Luxton and Tukoroirangi Morgan say the level of collaboration between groups and organisations involved on major projects is becoming more evident every year.

“We’ve stated from the beginning the need for groups to coordinate resources and work together on projects. We are pleased to see the depth of this approach coming through in successful projects together with a significant level of co-funding,” says Mr Luxton.

The latest funding announcements are for the 4th funding round to be carried out by the Waikato River Authority. To date 141 projects have received Authority funding of $22 million and it is estimated that the total cost of these projects including co-funding is approaching $50 million.

Tukoroirangi Morgan says the Authority’s strategic focus has been on the Upper Waipa and the Lower Waikato this year. “Clearly the Waipa has benefitted from significant funding this year but it is an area with significant need. Improvements from clean-up and restoration in this catchment will also have a direct effect on the lower Waikato River,” says Mr Morgan.

The $6,065,737 of funding will see 23 projects receive over $50,000 and ten projects under that level. The smallest project to be funded is one being undertaken by the Mangakotukutuku Stream Care Group in Hamilton for riparian planting which received $9,500.