Council will underwrite barge services into the Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sounds, to assist residents impacted by the August 2022 storm event.
The subsidy will run in partnership with Johnson's Barge Service Limited in Havelock, Kenny Barging in Picton.
“Council has brought the subsidy in earlier than previous flood events and it applies to all barges supplying transport to affected communities across all the Marlborough Sounds. Water taxis services are also being finalised. We want to get support to where it is needed as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Leggett.