25 October 2012
Waikato River Authority’s Second Funding Round Closes Next Week
The Waikato River Authority’s second funding round, which has been open for applications for more than a month, closes
next Friday (2 November).
The funding round follows a refresh of the Authority’s funding strategy and an increase in the Authority’s geographical
responsibility to include all of the Waipa River catchment. The River Authority is again making $6 million available for
river clean--up projects for the coming year. The Funding Strategy 2012 together with the application template is
available at www.waikatoriver.org.nz
until Friday 2 November.
Passing of new legislation, the Nga Wai o Maniapoto (Waipa River) Act 2012, has meant the Authority’s vision and
strategy now applies to a wider area with the upper Waipa River catchment being added to the whole of the Waikato River
catchment. The Crown has added an additional amount of clean--up funding to take account of the increased area.
Waikato River Authority chief executive, Bob Penter, says funding applicants will be notified before Christmas whether
or not they have been successful. In the Authority’s first funding round, which began last year, $6 million was
allocated to a total of 46 clean--up projects.
The Waikato River Authority is a co--governance body established between the Crown and Waikato River iwi to restore the
The government has committed $220 million over a 30--year period to restoring the health and well being of the river.