Media Release June 14, 2021

Applicants urged to be bold and make an impact 

The Waikato River Authority has opened applications for its 11th funding round  for river clean-up projects, urging applicants to be bold and to make an impact. 

 Co-Chairs Tipa Mahuta and Paula Southgate say after ten years of funding, the Authority recognises there is still much to be done to achieve the Vision & Strategy for the Waikato and Waipā Rivers. “As we start the next decade of funding, we want to be bolder and ensure we are achieving maximum impact with the funding resources we have available. We would like to see project applications this year that reflect these sentiments,” they say. 

 The Co-Chairs say there is continued confidence in the Restoration Strategy for the Waikato River and Waipā River providing guidance and a blueprint for the most effective restoration initiatives. Applicants are asked to refer to the Restoration Strategy and the Authority’s annual Funding Strategy as part of their application process. 

 “This year, an important focus is working with iwi to achieve the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River catchment as detailed in the Restoration Strategy. These funding partnerships are essential to achieving Te Ture Whaimana o TAwa o Waikato. The Waikato River Authority will continue investing in iwi capacity building through its funding, to help ensure that wherever possible, iwi projects are delivered by iwi,” says Paula Southgate. 

 “We are conscious that although a lot has been achieved in the last ten years we need to continue to push harder. We have talked about an 80-year time frame to see significant improvements in the rivers and catchment. Even this period is too long to wait for some and so we can’t afford to be complacent. That’s why we are urging people to be bold and to make an impact,” says Tipa Mahuta. 

 Applications to the Waikato River Authority are open until mid-August and should be made on-line at www.waikatoriver.org.nz/funding-applications

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