Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:06

$12 million drought assistance

Written by  Peter Burke
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has got into the act over the drought by announcing a major new relief package in Northland.

Last week she visited Northland with ministers to announce a $12 million assistance package.

She says the rural sector across the North Island is currently doing it tough with significant and sustained droughts in many areas. The PM says water is running low across the board – for drinking supplies, the primary sector and firefighting storage – and help is need to get communities through this.

The $12 million package includes $10 million for what the government calls ‘immediate needs’ such as delivering water for consumption, sanitation, wastewater systems, stock welfare and horticulture. It will also include $421,000 to extend the reach of rural assistance payments – which can be used to buy water and $2 million to support farmers and growers in drought hit areas across the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands 

It seems this latest package is not only designed to help farmers and horticulturalists but also to ensure that all rural communities have plentiful supplies of water which would be needed in the event of any outbreak of corona virus where personal hygiene would be a key factor.

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