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We have been allocated just over $500 million over the next four years to create nature-based job opportunities for approximately 6,000 people.

This is part of the Government’s $1.245 billion Jobs for Nature programme to help revitalise communities through nature-based employment and stimulate the economy post COVID-19. We are working with other government agencies to deliver this work.

Our work programme

Iwi, hapū, and whānau are at the heart of our partnership approach to Jobs for Nature programme.

We will create jobs on private land and public conservation land, in predator control, restoring wetlands, regenerative planting and improving tracks, huts and other recreational assets.

The programme includes:

  • $200 million to work with councils, iwi and local businesses throughout the country to provide nature based jobs both on and off public land, through regional partnership groups. This funding will be targeted towards helping businesses maintain their workforce and do conservation work as they move towards economic recovery.
  • $154.3 million for ecosystem restoration on public land and private land. Both funds opened 14 January and closed 16 February 2021. They were one-off funding rounds to support the COVID-19 recovery:
    • The Community Conservation Fund ($16 million) was available to create and/or retain jobs in community-led biodiversity restoration projects on public and private land.
    • The Private Land Biodiversity Fund ($18 million) was available for established organisations to lead biodiversity restoration projects on private land that create jobs.
  • $147.5 million for jobs in pest control and eradication, including advancing Predator Free New Zealand and working with iwi to prevent the collapse of North Island forests.

Funding allocation

Much of this funding is already allocated to specific projects and organisations, while other funding is more flexible. Enquiries can be sent to

How projects are assessed.

Jobs for Nature projects

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