Please note, in June 2021, $26.6 million from the Jobs for Nature programme was reprioritised to the wider roll-out of cameras on-board fishing vessels. This has meant that the total allocation for the Jobs for Nature programme has changed from $1.245 to $1.219 billion.

Funding purpose

Agency involved

Total funding over 4 years

New jobs in regional environmental projects targeted at freshwater improvement

Ministry for the Environment


Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)

$420 million (includes $10 million for MPI catchment project)

Freshwater improvement and at-risk catchments

Ministry for the Environment

$67 million 

Biosecurity, including weed, pest and predator control

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)


Department of Conservation (DOC)


Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).

$315 million

Nature based jobs both on and off public land, targeted towards helping businesses maintain their workforce and do conservation work

Department of Conservation

$200 million

Ecosystem restoration on public land and private land

Department of Conservation

$141 million

Fencing waterways, water reticulation and riparian management

Kānoa (Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment)

$41 million

Large scale planting and water quality related action

Ministry for Primary Industries


Te Uru Rākau - Forestry New Zealand

$35 million