Cleaning up Rodney’s rivers and harbours

Last Updated : 29 Mar 2019
Cleaning up Rodney’s rivers and harbours

A local board fund is helping improve water quality in Rodney’s streams and harbours.

Set up in 2017, the Rodney Local Board Healthy Harbours and Waterways Fund has assisted 38 applicants to protect 43 hectares of riparian habitat.

Applicants install kilometres of fences to keep stock out of waterways and plant thousands of plants to reduce erosion and contamination.

They receive funding of up to 50 per cent of their entire project cost provided they supply or source the other half of the project’s budget.

Partnering with the local board on this initiative are Beef and Lamb NZ, Dairy NZ, Fonterra, Forest Bridge Trust and Te Uri o Hau.

Rodney Local Board Deputy Chair Phelan Pirrie says that funding fencing and riparian planting around waterways makes sound environmental and economic sense.

“The fresh water issue is very important; this funding has opened opportunities to have a greater ecological impact than ever before. We are starting to create corridors of protected riverbanks and streams that will restore the natural environment.” 

Applications for the current fund close 15 March.  Find out more and apply. 

Our water future

Clean, healthy water is essential to our future. As our region continues to grow and change, we need to look after this precious taonga. Visit our website to have your say on how we should waterproof our future. Feedback is open until 19 April. 

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