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Cash boost for Kaipara projects

Posted at 10:28am Tuesday 14 Jul, 2020

The Government will spend $5.5 million on a ‘wellbeing infrastructure' package for projects in the Kaipara District it was announced today.

The Maungaturoto Community Charitable Trust will receive its most substantial top up yet with $1.75 million to go towards construction of its dementia unit.

The trust had been seeking a $1.8m bank loan to supplement years of community fundraising to finish the dementia unit.

The project had been turned down twice for funds from the Provincial Growth Fund.

Paparoa Community Charitable Trust will receive $750,000 to complete its 10-unit retirement village.

The Paparoa trust has been trying to generate funds from sales in order to build a clubroom with common facilities for the village.

The 29-lot village is believed to be the largest residential development in Paparoa since it was settled by Albertlanders in the 1860s.

The Kauri Museum in Matakohe is also receiving $3 million for a makeover that will include a new facility for educating young people about the significance of kauri in New Zealand history.

“As the first stop on the Ancient Kauri Trail, the museum will build on its heritage status while supporting professional career development,” Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said.

These projects are being funded through the $50 billion Covid Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF) set out in Budget 2020, which earmarked $3 billion for infrastructure projects.

Ministers established the Infrastructure Reference Group (IRG) to work with local councils and businesses to identify a pipeline of projects to support the economy during the Covid-19 rebuild.

Cabinet has decided on 150 projects worth $2.6 billion ‘which have been approved in principle', Mr Jones said.

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