Growing conservation efforts in Gisborne

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A big injection of Jobs for Nature funding will create much-needed jobs and financial security for families in TeTairāwhiti, and has exciting prospects for conservation in the region, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says.

“The projects target local communities most affected by the economic consequences of COVID 19 and are designed to restore and protect a range of ecosystems as well as safeguard heritage sites with significant cultural value.

“They will create 165 new jobs over the next three years and provide fantastic training opportunities for those looking for pathways into a conservation career.

“The Government’s $14.7million will fund several projects which focus on waterway restoration through fencing and riparian planting, predator and pest control, re-establishment of native forest and indigenous species, ecological monitoring and data collection.

“Others involve the creation of nature corridors connecting pockets of native bush to encourage native bird populations to expand into new areas.

“And it’s great to see that re-invigorating cultural traditions and practices, developing leadership and small business acumen and growing ‘boots on the ground’ skills are also major elements.

“One initiative includes developing a plant nursery with traditional rongoa plants and other native species unique to Te Tairāwhiti, and working with local school kids on the importance of caring for the environment.

“Each initiative is Iwi-led and designed, enabling Iwi to bring their aspirations for their whenua and people to life while working with others in the community.

“Today’s announcement follows another recent funding boost for conservation work in the region, with $1million from our Jobs for Nature Community and Private Land Biodiversity funds going towards projects to protect native species and restoring habitats.

“It is a massive win for Te Tairāwhiti, an opportunity to deliver social and economic benefits in a post-Covid world, and super exciting for the future of our exceptionally beautiful region,” Kiri Allan said.

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