Jobs For Nature Provides Employment Buffer


Work to stop invasive weeds spreading into one of
Aotearoa’s most loved national parks is the goal of a new
Jobs for Nature project announced by Conservation Minister
Kiri Allan today.

Fiordland National Park’s boundary
will get a boost against invasive weeds with up to 26
part-time positions available to people in the Te Anau and
Southland area, hard hit by the tourism downturn of
COVID-19.

Kiri Allan says that it is great to have
Jobs for Nature work programmes in Southland starting to
come online.

“The Te Anau area has had a doubly
challenging year after the February floods temporarily
disrupted recreation-based tourism and then
COVID-19.

“These jobs will help keep workers in the
region by topping up their regular employment or providing
part time work to some unemployed people. The work – helping
to protect one of New Zealand’s most beautiful spaces is
important but difficult mahi,” Kiri Allan
says.

Following the successful project application put
forward by Environment Southland, the Southern South Island
Alliance have allocated $345,000 Jobs for Nature funding
annually to the Fiordland Buffer Zone project, providing 12
FTEs (full time equivalent) across the two-year life of the
project.

The Buffer Zone project will focus on
controlling weeds such as Darwin’s Barberry and
Cotoneaster along the 60km boundary line from Manapouri to
Te Anau Downs, essentially creating a 1km buffer zone across
DOC and Crown land.

The work is highly labour
intensive and is best done by teams moving through the bush,
cutting stems and applying herbicide gel as they
go.

“This is the first project approved through the
Southern South Island Alliance and will run over two
summers. I look forward to more opportunities being
announced as they become available,” Kiri Allan
said.

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