The Ministry for the Environment will contribute $5 million to support the Mahurangi East Land Restoration Programme to reduce sediment in the Mahurangi River catchment over the next five years.
Auckland Council and Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust have signed a relationship agreement to design and deliver the project in partnership.
“This is a great opportunity to work with local iwi to restore the mauri of the Mahurangi catchment,” Cr Greg Sayers says.
“This project is an ambitious undertaking, but we need to address the sediment problem. By doing so we will enhance the health of the waterways, improve water quality and encourage native wildlife to thrive.”
The Mahurangi catchment comprises just over 200km of rivers and streams that discharge out into the Hauraki Gulf. Sediment is ranked the third highest threat to marine habitats in New Zealand and around 21,000 tonnes is lost every year from the area.
Projects will be designed to work alongside communities including landowners, developers and the farming sector to reduce sediment runoff from rural land, forestry areas, construction sites and runoff from unsealed roads. It will include the fencing of waterways, riparian plantings and wetland conservation and development.