Motu has created a mapping tool that Māori landowners can use to assess the eligibility of their land for Emissions Trading Scheme and Erosion Control Funding Programme funding (please note that it does not show which land is already reverting to natives and/or entered into the Emissions Trading Scheme). The map lets a landowner find their land, and then click on it to see:

  • how much of their block is likely to qualify for Emissions Trading Scheme and Erosion Control Funding Programme funding,
  • how much is likely to qualify only for Emissions Trading Scheme funding, and
    how much of their land does not qualify for funding.

Landowners can then plug these numbers into a calculator created by Motu to see how much money they would make by re-purposing their land into forest. You must not rely on the information in this calculator as an alternative to advice from an appropriately qualified professional.  If you have any specific questions about any  matter you should consult an appropriately qualified professional.

The calculator allows you to change the:

  • current NZU price,
  • rate at which you expect this price to increase over time,
  • age of existing trees (if any),
  • discount rate (in order to calculate earnings in present-day dollars),
  • per hectare cost to establish native forest, and
  • number of hectares you have available.

The tool will then calculate:

  • the cash you could receive upfront for 20 years of carbon credits in advance,
  • the revenue after accounting for establishment costs and financial support from funding programmes,
  • a steady annual flow of income, and
  • the cash that would be owed if you cleared your land of trees in 20 years’ time.

If the map tool doesn’t work on your computer, you can download a less interactive version, and search for your block on this downloadable spreadsheet to see how much of your land is likely to be eligible for the Emissions Trading Scheme and Erosion Control Funding Programme.