A call to arms has been sounded, with Hawke’s Bay iwi and local government joining together to “recloak” Hawke’s Bay in trees.
Driven by Ngati Kahungunu Iwi inc with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, the Kahutia Accord project could see hundreds of millions of trees planted on erosion-prone land across Hawke’s Bay, a move which would have major environmental, social and economic benefits for the region.
This “bold plan” proposes to stop nearly three million tonnes of silt entering and ruining the quality of the region’s waterways and coastal environments annually by planting 200,000ha of trees over the next decade.
Regional Council chair Rex Graham said this would be a “golden opportunity” for iwi, local government, and the community to work together.
Photo: Regional Council chair Rex Graham and Ngati Kahungunu iwi incorporated chair Ngahiwi Tomoana are excited about the possibilites of a new forestry project. Photo/Paul Taylor.
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Posted: 7 December 2017