Whakatohea Mussels welcomes 20 million dollar funding

Whakatohea Mussels has welcomed the big funding boost promised from the government towards construction of an on-land mussel processing factory.

Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced in Opotiki on Friday that 20 million dollars has been allocated from the Provincial Growth Fund for the project.

However at this stage the harbour redevelopment remains on hold pending further investigations.

Whakatohea Mussels Chief Executive Peter Vitasovich says funding for the company is very welcome.

Emma Griffiths