Kāpiti Coast District Council is delighted an unprecedented $8.5 million in Jobs for Nature funding will be coming to
the district over the next four years.
The Department of Conservation has awarded funding to create
92 jobs for environmental restoration in the Waikanae River catchment. Work on native afforestation, fencing and pest
animal and weed control will kick off in 2021 and Council has been invited to put forward proposals for work on
A bid for funding was made by the local Department of Conservation office with support from Kāpiti Coast District
Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai.
Kāpiti Mayor K Gurunathan says the investment comes at a crucial time for both ecological and employment benefit.
“We’ve never seen such a significant central Government investment in conservation in Kāpiti so this is huge win for the
coast,” Mayor Gurunathan says.
“This will supercharge work to restore our native ecosystem and provide an important employment boost. Half of the 92
jobs are earmarked for iwi and will provide opportunities at all skill levels.
“The outcomes of this investment will help enhance the mana of our land and people. I can’t wait to see this work
Council Biodiversity Programme Manager Rob Cross says the success of the bid was founded on the Waikanae ki Uta ki Tai
(Waikanae Mountains to the Sea) programme initiated last year.
“Across the district a number of agencies including Council, volunteer groups and individuals are working to enhance our
natural environment. In some cases, projects have been active for many years,” Mr Cross says.
“This investment will take the tremendous efforts of volunteers and workers to another level in what is an important
natural asset. The Waikanae River catchment is a nationally important taonga and the potential for its ongoing
improvement is significant.
“We can expect to see improved water quality, a thriving natural landscape and greater biodiversity as a result of this
Kāpiti Coast District Council will work with its partners to identify suitable land for planting, including on some