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Iwi-led project funded for Manawatu River

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/10/2016

A project to plant native species, build fences and highlight places of significance along the Manawatu River will be the single-largest funding recipient from the Te Mana o Te Wai Fund, the government has announced.

More than $500,000 has been granted to the Tu te Manawa project to improve freshwater bodies, Environment Minister Nick Smith and Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox announced on Friday.

The iwi-led programme includes planting native species along the riverbank to improve the quality of the river, as well as providing whare - information points - for visitors about the historical and cultural significance of the area.

"When the mauri (life force) of the river is strong, the mauri of its people and community will be strong so I'm really pleased to see the government give support to a programme that will be led by the people who know and love this awa (river)," Ms Fox said.

Rangitane o Tamaki Nui a Rua is expected make up some of the shortfall for the $814,000 project with the rest to be provided by councils and local landowners.

The Te Mana o Te Wai Fund provides $5 million over two years to support iwi and hapu-led initiatives to improve freshwater systems.

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