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Far North tourist hotspots secure $9m funding

10 Aug 2020  By Staff Reporter | | @tourismticker

Tourist destinations in the Far North have secured more than $9m in funding from the Government.

The popular tourist destination of Mangonui would receive a total of $6.5m from the $3bn set aside in the Government’s Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund to improve waterfront infrastructure, open up access to the harbour and improve water quality.

“Mangonui and Doubtless Bay are popular holiday spots but are suffering a downturn as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the loss of international tourists,” said regional economic development minister Shane Jones.

Mangonui has been granted $6.5m for improvements. Image: TNZ

“This funding will go towards making the area more attractive and improve access for locals and domestic tourists.”

The money would see $1.5m go to Far North District Council to improve the Mangonui waterfront, including the construction of a walkway the entire length of the waterfront. There would also be additional parking for cars and commercial vehicles, the extension of wharf areas, additional pontoons for fishing and charter vessels, and 4km of walking and cycling tracks around the harbour.

“Mangonui waterfront is increasingly busy. Pedestrians, cyclists, recreational and commercial users are all in one spot with little to separate them,” said Jones.

The New Zealand Transport Agency would receive $5m of the $6.5m to investigate the best ways to restore the Mangonui Harbour.

“Improving this infrastructure will add to the area’s attraction to visitors and help the local economy. The work on both the culverts and the waterfront will also provide jobs during construction, which will also put money in the pockets of those who live in the region.”

The Hokianga would receive $2.7m to redevelop four of its wharves and upgrade its water supply with the Far North District Council granted $1.8m of the money from the Provincial Growth Fund for the work.

“The work will include the construction of a new wharf and pontoon at Rangi Point and new wharves at Te Karaka and Mangungu, as well as a new pontoon being added to the existing Motuti Wharf,” Jones said.

“This will provide a safer and significant improvement to maritime transport used by most of the communities and visitors to the areas. This is particularly important in Hokianga due to the region’s geographic isolation.

“Work on the projects will start immediately, with 16 jobs created over the six to eight months of construction.”

Whitiki ngā Punawai o Hokianga, the Hokianga Water Collective, would receive just over $995,000 to increase access to reliable and resilient water supplies for seven communities across Hokianga.

Jones said “the improved water resilience will also benefit local commercial activities including Whare Taonga museum, existing market gardens, and tourism operators”.


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