The Government created the Jobs for Nature Fund in 2020 in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s intended to tackle pandemic-driven regional unemployment and the declining health of Aotearoa New Zealand’s waterways and landscapes.
This has been a fantastic opportunity to deepen and expand the support we offer through our Million Metres Streams Project. In partnership with the Department of Conservation, we've administered more than $5 million of grants from the Jobs for Nature Fund. This supports our community partners working on nature regeneration projects.
This funding has provided short-term employment and experience to more than 150 people up and down the country. It is set to generate more than 100,000 hours of conservation work. This includes waterway replanting, weeding, maintenance, pest control and boardwalk building.
This programme has also enabled us to forge new and important partnerships with Te Orewai o Ngāti Hine, Nga Uri o Hau Native Nursery and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
The Jobs for Nature Fund has also provided funding to kickstart our urban nature regeneration work in South Auckland. See Te Whakaoranga o te Puhinui to learn more.