First Iwi-led Predator Free 2050 project funding, $5.6m in announced, for Ngati Awa

First Iwi-led Predator Free 2050 project gets go-ahead

It was announced that the Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa has been awarded  $5.6m in funding for predator-free and workforce development projects.  

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa Manahautū, Leonie Simpson, said 

“This project is our first Iwi workforce development initiative post COVID-19. We will develop a group of kaimahi with transferable skills that not only support their whānau but also enable kaitiakitanga for our hapū and Ngāti Awa now and into the future."

This funding and project is only one of a suite of projects, which we have called POUA, encompasses existing and future projects like:

  • Kāinga (a new visitor hub at the Whakatāne Army Hall)
  • a new commercial boat harbour led by a Ngāti Awa Lands Trust
  • riverside revitalisation
  • and other taiao projects
POUA represents, Pou whenua (foundation posts) which signify our commitment to our rohe, our people and our future."


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