Bay green projects up for funds

By Lawrence Gullery

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The Te Karamu Stream project and the Pekapeka Wetland could be two initiatives to benefit from the $100,000 in funding allocated to the Genesis Reforestation Project announced by the Government this week.

It is part of more than $750,000 heading to five environmental projects nationwide from the latest round of the Community Environment Fund.

Hawke's Bay's National MPs Chris Tremain and Craig Foss said the fund allowed people to make meaningful environmental action in their communities.

The Genesis Reforestation Project will receive the funding boost to help with its Shade House in Schools and Communities Restoration and Repair project.

"This project teaches children how to grow native plants and encourages them to get involved in conservation work such as tree planting," Mr Tremain said.

The project would involve Hawke's Bay schoolchildren and marae carrying out vital restoration work in areas such as the Te Karamu Stream Project and Pekapeka Wetland.

"The funding provided through the Community Environment Fund will be a great boost for this important project," Mr Tremain said.

Nationwide this funding will be used by community organisations to restore native forests, increase biodiversity, reduce pests and educate communities.

Pekapeka Wetland is a natural, historical and cultural feature at the entry to the Heretaunga Plains, alongside State Highway 2 south of Hastings. Work on cleaning and restoring the wetland began in 2000.

The Te Karamu Stream enhancement project covered about 27km of the stream and was expected to take 20 years to complete when launched in 2007.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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