Green Rush: Will pines really save the planet?

Great long read from RNZ: When arguing for pines over natives, or crafting government policy to encourage forestry investment, carbon storage cannot be the only focus, Dame Anne says. “If we’re thinking about the crisis that we’re facing at the moment, it’s not just climate change. It’s waterways’ degradation, it’s degradation of the ocean, it’s… Read more »

Iwi research lifts lid on carbon

Farmers Weekly interviewed Pia Pohatu about the Waro Project.  A research project on the North Island’s east coast is helping Maori land owners balance the complexities of the Emissions Trading Scheme and establishing native forests with multiple land ownership. Hikurangi Enterprises researcher Pia Pohatu at Ruatoria has spent three years working with Motu Research scoping Maori… Read more »

Fighting Climate Change a Bonus for Planting Native Trees

Over the last three years researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research have worked with Hikurangi Enterprises Ltd to scope Māori landowner interest in native forest regeneration and carbon farming.  “With the introduction of the One Billion Trees programme, the mānuka honey industry taking off, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change causing carbon… Read more »

Way to grow trees, skills and wellbeing

The Government’s billion trees programme could offer an educational opportunity for New Zealanders. And the Waitaki Community Gardens Trust wants to launch a project that shows how, reports the Otago Daily Times…

Scope of the Forest Strategy for Aotearoa

As part of an Environmental Workshop hosted by Te Uru Rākau, this picture was created to give an idea of the elements involved in New Zealand’s Forestry Strategy.

Update on 1 billion trees programme

According to Ministers Shane Jones and Damien O’Connor, the 1 Billion Trees programme is aimed at farmers, with a target of two-thirds natives and the remainder plantation. Farmers could tap into $240 million in grants but there had not been a big uptake.   “I’ve been puzzled over why they have  been so slow to come… Read more »

Dairy farmers’ planting obsession

Dairy farmers Mark and Jennifer McDonald began planting native trees on their Methven property in 2009, and now bird life is returning and water quality has improved, Mark says. More in this piece from RNZ.