More than 2.5m tonnes has already been removed by the Hawke’s Bay Silt Recovery Taskforce and the regional council will receive $40m in new funding. This includes $3m ringfenced for debris removal in Wairoa.
The Gisborne District Council will receive an extra $23.6m to process and remove woody debris. The government claimed that nearly 165,000 tonnes of woody debris have already been removed from Tai Rāwhiti.
Mitchell said: “This government is fully committed to the recovery, and we are working with local authorities to identify how we can make it go faster”.
This brings the government’s total funding to $232m for the clean-up of sediment and debris across Hawke’s Bay and Tai Rāwhiti.
“This additional funding means these regions can continue with the job clearing sediment from high priority areas.
“It also means work can continue to remove woody debris to prevent any further damage to infrastructure and local communities”, Mitchell said.