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Government Backs Rural Led Catchment Projects

Hon Todd McClay

Minister of Agriculture

The coalition Government is supporting farmers to enhance land management practices by investing $3.3 million in locally led catchment groups, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced.

“Farmers and growers deliver significant prosperity for New Zealand and it’s vital their ongoing efforts to improve land management practices and water quality are supported,” Mr McClay says.

“The Government is investing in a further seven catchment groups to ensure farmers and growers have the on-the-ground support and resources they need.

“The Kaweka; Wairarapa; and West Waikato Coastal Community Catchment Collectives will all receive significant support over the coming four years to support economic resilience, skill development, environmental education, and rural wellbeing.”

Mr McClay says the Waiotahe Watercare Group, Tairāwhiti Catchment Collective, Piako-Waihou Catchment Trust, and Farmers Across Marble Aquifer have also received funding.

“Catchment groups led by farmers and other members of rural communities are doing significant work across the country to sustainably achieve common goals, improve practices, and share information.

“It is important we support those who know, and work, the land in their efforts to care for and enhance it,” Mr McClay says.

Note to editors

Catchment group funding allocations.

GroupRegionFunding amountFunding term
Wairarapa Catchment CollectiveWairarapa$981,8804 years
Kaweka Community Catchment CollectiveHawke’s Bay$950,0004 years
West Waikato Coastal Community Catchment GroupWaikato$704,6164 years
Waiotahe Watercare GroupBay of Plenty$563,9605 years
Tairāwhiti Catchment CollectiveGisborne$50,0004 months
Piako-Waihou Catchment TrustWaikato$50,0006 months
Farmers Across Marble AquiferTasman$30,0006 months
Total $3.3 million 
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