[05 April/The Country]

The Government Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) have announced Northland projects to receive more than $21 million. The PGF will invest up to $18.5 million into water storage to assist the region to cope in times of water shortage during drought. Regional Development Minister Shane Jones reported that it could bring the region up to $150 million in increased horticulture earnings per year and up to 1,150 jobs created. It will also mean better access to water for use on Māori owned land, which is a key part of the PGF. The remaining amount of the fund contribution will be used to rebuild the Opononi seawall and one of New Zealand’s first three Regional Digital Hubs.