The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has confirmed funding of $1.5M from the Provincial Growth Fund for a local programme to redeploy workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the response to COVID-19.

The programme is being managed by Tasman District Council and will allocate $1M to removing trees and other rural roadside hazards, with $500,000 allocated to improving roadside drainage to reduce surface flooding.

The aim of this project is not only to improve the safety of our roads but to create employment opportunities for workers from all industries who have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 lock down and subsequent job losses.

Residents are being asked to contact Council to highlight any problems in their area, particularly:

  • Overhanging trees or branches that could fall onto the footpath or road.
  • Overgrown trees that reduce road users' views of the road.

They can fill in the online submission here or email us at, with your name, contact phone number, the location of the hazard and a brief description of the problem. If you can, please provide photos.