1. What is the Jobs for Nature programme?
Jobs for Nature is a $1.3 billion programme of broad environmental funding from central government. It is part of the COVID-19 recovery package. The programme is a cross agency programme including MfE, DOC, MPI, LINZ, PDU and One Billion Trees/Te Uru Rakau (TUR) and is intended to run for four years.
The national Jobs for Nature programme aims to:
- Provide up to 11,000 jobs and economic support for people and communities across Aotearoa, while ensuring environmental beneﬁts.
- Get money and support as quickly as possible to people and communities to assist the COVID-19 recovery.
WAI Wanaka has received $3million over three years (until June 2023) through the Ministry for Primary Industries Productive & Sustainable Land Use package to employ 15 full time equivalent roles to carry out work on-farms with environmental outcomes, including:
- Improved freshwater
- Improved biosecurity
- Enhanced biodiversity