Kaingaroa Village is to get $5 million to help fund a comprehensive upgrade of its infrastructure, facilities and housing, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today.

Mr Tabuteau travelled to the remote village to make the announcement, telling Kaingaroa

residents how the funding will significantly benefit them.

“This funding is well overdue.  As residents know only too well, decades of neglect,

inadequate funding and maintenance, mean there is now an urgent need for improvement,”

Fletcher Tabuteau said.

“The $5 million announced today will be spent on refurbishing and building new community

buildings, upgrading or constructing new roads, installing new streetlights and underground

infrastructure and building new parks and playgrounds.

“Kaingaroa Village will benefit because these workers will be recruited on a locals-first policy,

along with a commitment to help them get the training and opportunity to further improve their


“Construction will be over two years and is expected to create more than 100 jobs, while in the

longer term, there will be 20 sustainable jobs.

“Quite simply, infrastructure and facilities are not fit for purpose and in desperate need of

upgrading.  This project to redevelop Kaingaroa will be transformational and make a real

difference to the lives of the people living there.

“All New Zealanders should benefit from our country’s prosperity.  This project will bring

Kaingaroa’s facilities and infrastructure up to par with the rest of the district and allow village

residents to enjoy the same level of services as other communities.

“I am proud to make this announcement, knowing the profound difference it will make to

Kaingaroa and its people,” Fletcher Tabuteau said.

The funding announced today is part of the $3 billion infrastructure package in the COVID-19

Response and Recovery Fund, announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones

on July 1. The fund is expected to deliver more than 20,000 jobs across New Zealand and unlock

investment with a project value of more than $5 billion.