Kaipara Moana Remediation
A Memorandum of Understanding signed in October 2020 by the government, councils and Kaipara Uri formalised an equal partnership between Kaipara Uri and councils to undertake the Kaipara Moana Remediation Programme.
This is a $300 million, decade-long project that aims to remediate ongoing environmental degradation by halving sediment loss from land to sea. It includes $100 million in Crown funding for the first six years, through the Jobs For Nature fund.
Sediment, or eroded soil, is a ‘catch-all’ pollutant that carries with it other contaminants. Addressing sediment will offer a raft of benefits: improved freshwater quality, greater biodiversity, resilience from climate change, and carbon sequestration through tree-planting and wetland management.
A remediation programme of this size and scale has never been done before in New Zealand, and it has been described as a turning point for New Zealand’s largest harbour.