The New Zealand Government has approved new funding that will increase resilience and greatly reduce the risk of severe flood damage in Te Tai Tokerau.
This year’s major weather events caused severe flooding and damage across the region. The $8.9 million will be used to better protect some of the smaller communities and maraes that were severely affected from future flooding.
“As well as helping Te Tai Tokerau rebuild and recover, we need to prepare for future events, and the Government is committed to helping councils and mana whenua do this,” said Chris Hipkins.
The majority of the funding, $4.2 million, will go towards reducing flood risk in Kawakawa, Otiria-Moerewa, Kaeo, Matangirau, Whirinaki and Punaruku, including marae that are often flooded or at risk of flooding. flood
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The remaining funds will go towards projects including the removal of fallen and endangered trees from rivers at risk of flooding, stormwater improvement, stabilization works, stopover bank repairs and early warning systems.
“Te Tai Tokerau includes some very remote areas, and it was these small, isolated communities that were really affected by these weather events,” said Kelvin Davis.
“We need to focus on increasing the resilience of our infrastructure in the region, and these flood protection works must be accompanied by others on our road network and other basic services.”
The $8.9 million will be used to better protect some of the smaller communities and maraes that were severely affected from future flooding.
“The marae also played an important role in responding to and supporting the community during the disaster and I am pleased to be able to provide funding to some of the marae most at risk of further flooding.”
The $8.9 million announced today comes from the $100 million announced as part of Budget 2023. This fund was specifically set aside for practical flood protection infrastructure, such as flood dams, as well as other local measures that can protect flood communities.
This funding is in addition to others previously granted to the region due to the cyclone, including $44 million for immediate works on state highways affected by inclement weather.