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Broader outcomes initiatives

Greater Wellington

Greater Wellington’s Climate Resilience Programme delivers clear environmental benefits. Over 65,000 plants will be planted along riverbanks and in parks by the end of the programme.

Looking more widely, they’ll also deliver more than 17 activities that provide social, economic or cultural benefits for the community. This element of their programme supports government’s Broader Outcomes initiative.

To help grow the local economy and support Māori business: a local, Māori owned civil engineering business is completing the construction work at 14 riverside sites.

Greater Wellington is working collaboratively with this firm to identify opportunities to develop the skills, career opportunities and wellbeing of construction teams. For example, through:

  • training that will see 10 team members become certified in machinery operation – an in-demand skill in the construction industry
  • workshops for team members on building resilience
  • courses for leaders on workplace wellbeing.

Greater Wellington is also working alongside iwi to enhance the environment through:

  • restoring a Wairarapa wetland
  • collaborating with Ngāti Toa to plant a garden that supports Rongoā Māori, traditional Māori medicine and healing practices
  • Rangitāne o Wairarapa leading the planting for the Ruamāhanga River project.