"With support from the One Billion Trees Fund, this partnership is a significant step forward to restoring and future proofing one of East Cape's most rapidly eroding catchments," Shane Jones said.
"We have a duty to communities in 'at risk' catchments like the Waiapu to do more. If nothing is done, there will be significant social, economic and environmental costs for the community.
"The projects include the construction of a series of debris dams across the Waiapu catchment, a river corridor project, establishment of a nursery to support riparian planting, and capacity building of employees in the region.
The Gisborne District Council will also provide a $1 million in-kind contribution to the project.
"We are appreciative of the contributions from Government and Gisborne District Council to elevate the work of whanau and hapu with this generous koha.
"As kaitiaki and mana whenua of the Waiapu, our duty is to ensure we build on the legacy of our tipuna and to leave our land and water for the benefit of our descendants," Mr. Collier said.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)