This Government is making the biggest investment in our environment we've ever seen. The $1.1 billion investment in the environment finally creates a new deal for people and nature. Iwi, Hapu, New Zealanders, and businesses big and small asked for a just and green recovery and the Government listened.
“COVID-19 has completely changed the way we look at the world. It has been a wake up call that our health and well-being are directly linked to the health and well-being of our world. That world is out of balance. To prevent future outbreaks of disease, to ensure we have fresh water to drink, healthy food to eat, and clean air to breathe; we must restore the balance with nature,” says Livia Esterhazy, WWF-New Zealand CEO.
By investing in green jobs, focusing on biodiversity, regenerating and restoring nature, prioritising weed/pest control, and relying on innovation and creativity to find better solutions; Aotearoa will begin building a future in which we all live in harmony with nature. This budget is an investment in resilience and future-proofing for our children and grand-children.
This budget will see investment in:
- $433 million for new jobs in regional environmental projects
- $315 million on biosecurity, including enhanced weed and pest control
- $200 million for DOCs Jobs for Nature Fund
- $154 million for new jobs enhancing biodiversity on public and private land
- Create nearly 11,000 new jobs in regional New Zealand to restore our environment
“The recovery is not solved in one budget alone. This is a great first step. We must hold fast to this new path, even when it gets tough and it will. Together, we can be kaitiaki of Aotearoa and our planet,” says Esterhazy.
Manāki whenua, manāki tangata, haere whakamua
Care for the land, care for the people, go forward!