This Government is committed to its tree planting ambitions, which will help create sustainable jobs in our regions and help meet our carbon emissions targets. The planting programme will also help landowners, particularly Māori, use their land more sustainably and will help combat erosion issues.
Of the Budget 2018 funding, $245.0 million ($132.5 million operating and $112.6 million capital, both over 10 years) will support the Government’s One Billion Trees planting programme. A further $12.8 million operating funding from Budget 2017 also contributes to the programme.
“As part of breaking ground for the tree-planting programme, early decisions were taken to enable Crown Forestry to plant and maintain trees and to expand the Ministry for Primary Industry’s Hill Country Erosion programme. Of the Provincial Growth Fund allocation for the One Billion Trees programme, $13.5 million in operating funding is for planting native trees in 2018/19 and 2019/20,” says Shane Jones.
“As announced earlier this month, on top of the Provincial Growth Fund support for One Billion Trees, Budget 2018 has also set aside $15.0 million in operating funding in 2018/19 for the establishment of the new Forestry Service, Te Uru Rākau, in Rotorua.
“It also provides $6.0 million in operating funding over four years to allow the Ministry for Primary Industries to work across the Government, Māori, industry, land owners and other interested groups to develop a cost-effective One Billion Trees programme. It will establish a Ministerial Advisory Group for Forestry, to ensure a coordinated approach across Government to deliver the programme,” says Shane Jones.