Opportunities in planting natives

Series of workshops to explore honey industry and carbon market.

Series of workshops to explore honey industry and carbon market.

MONEY GROWS ON TREES: The manuka honey industry is one reason why planting native trees could prove a lucrative enterprise. Here, a honey bee gets to work on a kanuka blossom. Picture by Peter Bray

WITH the burgeoning manuka honey industry and carbon prices increasing 450 percent in two years, earning an income from planting native trees is potentially lucrative.

A series of workshops next week will tell landowners of the opportunities around carbon farming indigenous species and pitfalls to look out for.

“The great thing about planting natives is it can help the bees, it helps erosion control, it helps carbon capture and it helps restore indigenous biodiversity,” says organiser Manu Caddie.

Hikurangi Enterprises, the charitable company Mr Caddie works for, has been supporting land owners on the East Coast to investigate alternative land use options.

“There is still good money in farming and pine plantations but landowners are thinking a bit wider, too. Hikurangi Enterprises doesn’t have a particular industry or species we recommend, but do want to provide opportunities for locals to make informed decisions and get access to the best advice available.”

One of the speakers, forestry consultant Vern Harris from Malborough, has more than 50 years experience in commercial tree planting in New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific.

Over the last eight years Mr Harris has provided advice to landowners and companies interested in planting trees for NZ Carbon Units.

Mr Harris will provide an overview of the Emissions Trading Scheme and the ways carbon credits are calculated and traded.

Another speaker, Nikki Searancke, is chairwomann of Nuhiti Q, a land block near Tokomaru Bay. She will talk about the carbon trading deal the land trust recently entered into with New Zealand company Gull Oil.

That deal will see $220,000 for carbon units paid over two years to help with manuka planting and fence repairs.

An overview of the Erosion Control Funding Programme and Afforestation Grants Scheme offered by the Ministry for Primary Industries including opportunities to uptake the funding available for native plantings.

A presentation by forestry research organisation Scion will include an overview of their work on carbon sequestration, breeding programmes and the economics of planting natives.

“We’re keen to progress recent discussions about a network of native nurseries in communities along the Coast and will be sharing some of those plans at the Ruatoria and Tolaga Bay workshops,” Mr Caddie said.

An international airline with high carbon emissions is also planning to take part in the workshops to explore opportunities for partnering with East Coast land owners interested in planting native trees.

WITH the burgeoning manuka honey industry and carbon prices increasing 450 percent in two years, earning an income from planting native trees is potentially lucrative.

A series of workshops next week will tell landowners of the opportunities around carbon farming indigenous species and pitfalls to look out for.

“The great thing about planting natives is it can help the bees, it helps erosion control, it helps carbon capture and it helps restore indigenous biodiversity,” says organiser Manu Caddie.

Hikurangi Enterprises, the charitable company Mr Caddie works for, has been supporting land owners on the East Coast to investigate alternative land use options.

“There is still good money in farming and pine plantations but landowners are thinking a bit wider, too. Hikurangi Enterprises doesn’t have a particular industry or species we recommend, but do want to provide opportunities for locals to make informed decisions and get access to the best advice available.”

One of the speakers, forestry consultant Vern Harris from Malborough, has more than 50 years experience in commercial tree planting in New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific.

Over the last eight years Mr Harris has provided advice to landowners and companies interested in planting trees for NZ Carbon Units.

Mr Harris will provide an overview of the Emissions Trading Scheme and the ways carbon credits are calculated and traded.

Another speaker, Nikki Searancke, is chairwomann of Nuhiti Q, a land block near Tokomaru Bay. She will talk about the carbon trading deal the land trust recently entered into with New Zealand company Gull Oil.

That deal will see $220,000 for carbon units paid over two years to help with manuka planting and fence repairs.

An overview of the Erosion Control Funding Programme and Afforestation Grants Scheme offered by the Ministry for Primary Industries including opportunities to uptake the funding available for native plantings.

A presentation by forestry research organisation Scion will include an overview of their work on carbon sequestration, breeding programmes and the economics of planting natives.

“We’re keen to progress recent discussions about a network of native nurseries in communities along the Coast and will be sharing some of those plans at the Ruatoria and Tolaga Bay workshops,” Mr Caddie said.

An international airline with high carbon emissions is also planning to take part in the workshops to explore opportunities for partnering with East Coast land owners interested in planting native trees.

The free workshops will be held tomorrow at 10.30am at the Hati Nati Café in Ruatoria and 3.30pm at the Tolaga Bay fire station, and on Saturday at 12.30pm at Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club. More information is available at www.hikurangi.enterprises

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