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.

Māori land use statistics

Mount Hikurangi near Ruatoria in New Zealand

Te whakamahinga whenua Neke atu i te haurua o ngā whenua e whakahaeretia ana e ngā pāmu Māori he pārae otaota i te tau 2018 (51 ōrau, tōna 228,000 heketea).Ko tōna hauwhā he ngahere paina (23 ōrau, tōna 104,000 heketea). Ko te toenga he puihi, he mānuka me ētahi atu whenua. Tērā hoki tōna whenua… Read more »

Carbon farming can provide better returns than sheep and beef

Farmers on a 800 ha hill country farm near Shannon find “carbon farming” more profitable than sheep farming. The farmers aim to return the whole property to natives and in the meantime are carbon farming exotic species to fund the transition. A recent report from Rabobank shows the returns from carbon farming can be better… Read more »

Seeing the forest

All pathways to net zero carbon by 2050 depend on planting more trees. But does the type of tree make a difference and what role can natives play in the Government’s One Billion Tree Programme? This article from the Otago Daily Times looks at the possibilities in an easy to understand manner.

Tipu ma toro ki te ao

He hui mo nga kaupapa tieki whenua o te Tairawhiti. 8-9 Noema 2018, Ngata Memorial College, Ruatorea. Do we have erosion prone areas and what are our treatment options? Are we resilient to climate change? Is our landuse carbon zero? What is the quality of our water? Can we drink it? Swim in it? Do… Read more »

Carbon Farming Native Trees

The future of East Coast carbon farming has received a boost with a three-year research project beginning this year to identify the opportunities and barriers for reforesting Māori land. Ruatoria charitable company Hikurangi Enterprises, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust and Victoria University of Wellington will work together on the project, which received a $375,000 grant… Read more »

Nuhiti Q and emissions trading

Nuhiti Q entered the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in 2012, aiming to be carbon neutral by 2020. Since launching its native regeneration scheme in 2010 Nuhiti Q has managed to retire stock from the land and plant more than 70 hectares with eucalyptus as permanent forest. The income they received from the ETS,… Read more »