Record co-funding for river clean-up projects

The level of financial collaboration on projects to clean-up the Waikato River and its catchment has reached a new high this year.
The Waikato River Authority has announced it will be funding 33 projects with $5.8 million of funding, however this year the total value of these projects is over $25 million, meaning an unprecedented co-funding ratio of more than three dollars to every one dollar funding by the Authority.
Applications for the funding saw 62 requests seeking nearly $13 million. The funding round is also notable for the strong showing in iwi and marae projects which represent over half the successful projects.
Waikato River Authority Co-Chairs, Hon John Luxton and Roger Pikia say the willingness of groups, individuals and organisations to get behind projects with additional and significant funding is an excellent outcome.
“The Waikato River Authority has been working towards achieving a higher level of co-funding for projects and so it is heartening to see it at the level it is. We’ve said from the outset that our funds alone will not be enough to achieve the vision for the river,” say Mr Luxton.
The Waikato River Authority’s work has recently been commended by the Office of the Auditor General in its report on Crown investment in freshwater clean-up.
“We are pleased to be able to take our funding approach to a new level following on from what was a very favourable assessment of our work by the Office of the Auditor General. We look forward to making further strides towards achieving what is our ultimate goal of helping restore and protect the Waikato and Waipā Rivers,” says Mr Pikia.
Successful projects this year include fast tracking of erosion and sediment control work in the Waipā catchment, access improvement to restoration work in the lower Waikato River and the extension of work to restore the mauri of the Mangaonua Stream and tributaries.
This is the 9th year of funding by the Waikato River Authority which has now allocated $50 million towards 321 restoration projects.