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Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed over $4 million in new funding to help clean up Horowhenua waterways announced by the Government today.

“It’s great to see $2.9 million going towards Manawatu River improvements. Funding will be used to build 250km of fencing, plant 200,000 native plants, install 20 fish passes, deliver a cultural monitoring programme and support 45 community-led restoration projects.

“A lot of good progress has been made cleaning up the river in recent years, driven by local volunteers, groups and stakeholders. This funding is another big step forward. 

“The Lake Horowhenua Water Quality Improvement Project receives $842,750 for a range of initiatives, including assessment and flushing of the stormwater system.

“There is real determination to improve Lake Horowhenua and strong local support for this from iwi, farmers and the Horowhenua District Council.

“A cleaner lake will mean more wildlife and fish, and more opportunities to enjoy it for recreation. This is a great investment in developing what will be a major asset and drawcard for our community.

“New funding of $607,173 will also help improve water quality in the Waiwiri Catchment at Hokio Beach. It will replace 10 hectares of pine forest under spray irrigation at the ‘Pot’ with manuka, kanuka and other native species that require less treatment, meaning fewer contaminants entering the drain.”

A summary of the projects is attached and more details of the new funding are available at www.beehive.govt.nz/release/100-plus-rivers-and-lakes-be-improved.

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