The Government has approved $8.9m of funding to boost resilience and reduce the risk of major flood damage in Northland. The bulk of it, $4.2m, will go toward reducing the risk of flooding in Kawakawa, Moerewa, Kāeo, Whirinaki, Punaruku, and include marae often flooded or at risk of flooding. The remaining sum will be spread to remove fallen and at-risk trees from flood-risk rivers, storm water upgrades, stabilising work, stopbank repairs and early warning systems. $2.1m has been allocated to the remove trees and turn them into firewood for eligible in-need families. Bund improvement at the Dargaville Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive $650,000; $500,000 will go toward Dargaville stopbank repairs; and another $500,000 to storm water upgrades in Robert St, Mangawhai.