Jobs for Nature to help restore Porirua Harbour

A project to restore the health of Porirua Harbour has received a significant boost from the Jobs for Nature initiative.

Porirua City Council, Ngāti Toa and Sustainable Coastlines will receive $3 million from the Jobs for Nature programme over five years towards their “Restoring the mauri of the Porirua Harbour” project.

“Porirua Harbour is the largest estuary in the lower North Island and was once plentiful with pipi, mussels, oysters and tuna,” Environment Minister David Parker said.

“The catchment faces pressure from sediment and contaminants entering its waterways. Large-scale developments, both urban and rural, are also having an impact on the sensitive ecology and wildlife in the streams and harbour.”

The project will see 30 full-time equivalent roles created, close to 630,000 plants planted, 92 hectares of riparian planting, 20km of riparian fencing and 880 hectares of plant and pest control.

“An integral part of the Jobs for Nature programme is providing training and skills that our people can carry with them through their lives,” David Parker said.

The funding will also support the integrated catchment management plan developed by Porirua City Council and its partners. This will allow riparian planting, education and community capacity building to be significantly accelerated. 

“I look forward to seeing the progress this project makes over the coming years.”

Funding comes from the Environment Ministry’s Jobs for Nature programme, which aims to boost jobs, training and environmental benefits while accelerating the recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

It is a win-win for our economy and our environment.

As of the latest full update, over 380 projects have received funding and more than 7,000 people have worked in, or are working in, Jobs for Nature-funded jobs.