Jobs for Nature: keeping West Coast businesses afloat
South Westland businesses involved in a Jobs for Nature programme where the government pays their staff to work on conservation projects, are determined to find a way to keep it going after the funding runs out. As well as helping to keep the businesses afloat during the Covid disruptions, more than 70,000 hours have been spent trapping, weeding, maintaining tracks – and even finding an endangered bat species. The government has committed $3.78 million to the scheme and that’ll end in June next year. At a recent hui at Fox Glacier many of the more than forty business who’ve signed up for the progamme agreed that it’s done much more than simply keeping them afloat until tourism in the region rallies. Kathryn speaks with Rob Stewart from Skydive Skydive Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, Dale Burrows from Franz Josef Wilderness Tours and Wayne Costello from DoC.