Freshwater Improvement Fund supports Waituna and Ahuriri

Waituna Lagoon

The Government has announced they will invest $5 million into the Whakamana Te Waituna Programme and $1.25 million to enhance the habitat and Mahinga kai in the Ahuriri Lagoon.

The funding comes from the Freshwater Improvement Fund and in total $44 million was allocated to projects around Aotearoa.

Gail Thompson, Te Rūnanga o Awarua, confirmed that Ngāi Tahu are supportive of Government’s decision to invest in the restoration of Waituna Lagoon.

“The Waituna Lagoon and its catchment are areas of cultural significance for Ngāi Tahu, and it is great to see more funding being applied towards its restoration and making the improvements we all want for our future generations,” says Gail.

“Ngāi Tahu have been working hard with the Waituna Partners’ Group since 2012 and this funding is further recognition of the commitment and great work we have already undertaken.”

“We hope that one day the Lagoon and its catchment can be restored so that future generations can access its resources,”  she says.

The announcement of the investment in the Ahuriri Lagoon will add to the considerable work that is already being undertaken through the Whakaora Te Waihora programme.

Whakaora Te Waihora is a cultural and ecological restoration programme for Te Waihora, led by Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury.

More information on the announcement can be found here.