20 million dollar grant for Whakatohea Mussels

The Mayor of Opotiki has welcomed the 20 million dollar grant handed out by the government to Whakatohea Mussels on Friday.

The money will go towards developing a mussel farm and construction of a processing factory.

Mayor John Forbes says it vindicates work that Opotiki's done over many years in terms of the aquaculture industry.

He says it shows the government sees the industry's potential and is prepared to support it.

He says the funding is just the start.

Sam Gardner