Grants to help river recapture sparkle





The final year of the Manawatu¯ River Leaders’ Accord community grants has opened. The grants assist nonprofit organisations such as community groups, schools, catchment care groups and iwi/hapu¯ with projects that will help increase engagement with the Manawatu¯ River and improve water quality in the catchment. Supporting these projects has been made possible through the support of Hori- zons Regional Council, Manawatu¯ District Council, and money from the Ministry for the Environment’s Freshwater Improvement Fund in 2017. Manawatu River Leaders’ Accord co-chairwoman Rachel Keedwell says it is always exciting to see the impressive work our communities are doing. “We encourage any groups who feel they fit the criteria to apply. Enabling communities to look after their environment and watch it flourish over time is a rewarding feeling. “There is a total funding pool of $80,000 available with projects funded depending on their alignment with the Manawatu¯ River Accord goals. These include the awa becoming a source of regional pride and mana, and that the catchment and waterways are returned to a healthy condition.” Applications close on July 1 and projects must have a completion date of no later than June 20, 2023. Last year, one of the funding recipients was the Nguturoa Streams Restoration Project for riparian enhancement work including fencing, planting and weed control at Linton. Grant recipient Christine Finnigan said through the Manawatu¯ River Leaders’ Accord grant and Horizons’ advice, they have been able to increase their programme of works. “We were able to start a pest plant and animal library and the money meant we could purchase potting mix to begin growing our own seedlings. “With Horizons help we were able to fence and plant areas considerably faster than we could have managed through our own means. “One of these simple adjustments was stock exclusion from waterways, using some of the grant money to plant and fence off waterways.” For further information and an application form visit