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Subsidies are available for projects that will improve water quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus catchment.

Current priorities

Subsidies are available for projects that will improve water quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus catchment.

The Project currently has funding to support:

  • Fencing of riparian and wetland areas to exclude stock
  • Riparian and wetland planting, including site preparation and maintenance
  • Dung beetle farm packs
  • Fish passage mitigation e.g. culvert replacement
  • Other restoration work that improves water quality

Priority areas, such as significant wetlands, may be eligible for extra funding. If you have an area that you think may qualify, then please get in touch with us.

Who can apply?

Applicants may be landowners, land managers, community groups or iwi. If you are not the landowner, then we require written consent from the person/s responsible for the land.

Catchment Condition Survey & mitigation plans

Catchment Condition Surveys have been completed across the majority of Te Hoiere/Pelorus catchment and are a pre-requisite for accessing some of the subsidies. If you have not had a survey completed on your property and you would like to have one done, then we can organise this. The cost of the survey is completely covered by the Project, there is no cost to the landowner.

As part of the process a mitigation plan is developed for your property. This plan outlines the proposed work, provides a timeline and estimated costs for the work.

Application process

  1. Submit an expression of interest (start the form below on this page).
  2. Depending on the size of the project, you will either meet with our Catchment Care Officer to discuss your property and proposed mitigation work or we will request more information to be presented to Te Hoiere Kaitiaki Charitable Trust who will make the final decision.
  3. A mitigation plan and landowner agreement are created. The landowner agreement includes mapping of the proposed work, the length of fencing/area of planting, subsidy amount, timeframe for completion and other relevant terms and conditions.
  4. Work begins on the project after the landowner agreement is signed.
  5. After the project is finished, a member of the team will visit the site to take photos and confirm the work has been completed to the required standards.

Important things to know

  • Projects must be related to improving water quality for the long term benefit of Te Hoiere/Pelorus catchment;
  • There are annual funding caps. Project team members will work with you to plan the work on your property but funding may be spread over multiple years;
  • Most subsidies are available until June 2025, there is a smaller fund available until June 2026;
  • Fencing projects must meet the national and regional regulations on stock exclusion (see the National Freshwater rules and regulations);
  • Subsidies are paid on completion of the mitigation work;
  • Resource consents, if required, are the responsibility of the landowner. Te Hoiere Project does not contribute to the cost of resource consent or professional fees required. (see Marlborough District Council information on resource consents)
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