What Partnership Funding projects we've funded so far
Information about some of the projects we've supported through Partnership Funding.
Tāne Mahuta's "Learn while you earn" programme
An eastern Bay of Plenty training programme is giving local rangatahi job opportunities to work on their whenua and learn new skills in forestry.
The Tāne Mahuta Ltd – Learn While You Earn programme focuses on supporting rangatahi with practical training in the forest and study towards NZQA Level 2, 3, and 4 forestry qualifications, while providing them with the extra support needed to enable success. In an area where there has been little opportunity for local rangatahi, many are now taking the opportunity to gain qualifications, plan for a future, and earn money.
Video – Programme providing new opportunities for rangatahi (8.03)
[Video begins with title card reading "Planting One Billion Trees Together". A view of a pine tree is shown, with the text "Tāne Mahuta NZ Ltd. received Partnership Funding to support and train rangatahi"]
Wini Geddes, director, Māori forestry development, Tāne Mahuta NZ Ltd.: What we've done with Tāne Mahuta is sort of made it portable so that any iwi, any hapū, any whanau can pick this up and take it to their own regions. We've had 40 years' forestry experience and 5 to 6 years in doing the Learn While You Earn programme. Part of our programme, or most of our programme, involves getting to their cultural background. Just at the recruitment level our only criteria, or our main criteria, is that they can whakapapa to the land.
[While Wini speaks: Wini and Simon appear on screen. A group of workers is praying.]
Tutemaungaroa Dixon: They taught us that we're actually working on our land we're getting taught how to look after it and it'll look after you.
[While Tutemaungaroa speaks: An aerial view of a pine forest is shown. A forestry worker can be seen cutting down a tree with a chainsaw.]
Wini Geddes: So they work for 4 days of the week, and earning money is the one that keeps them there, and once a week they will be delivered unit standards. The tuākana/teina process works where the older, experienced member will take on a younger member and then take them through the practical side.
[While Wini speaks: A forestry worker is taking a chainsaw to a tree. Hayden Williams appears on screen, giving directions.]
Willie Marsden: Just a matter of teaching them all the technique and the basics and bringing them back into the bush.
Tutemaungaroa Dixon: I'm from town anyway, Whakatāne, and I needed to get out of there, and here I am in the bush.
Simon Geddes, director, training and assessment, Tāne Mahuta NZ Ltd.: If they're working in a particular forest, say Omataroa or Rerewhakaaitu, we will go into that history so it makes the land come alive for them.
[While Simon speaks: An aerial view of pine trees is shown.]
Eruini Hawke: It's not just 'the bush' it's 'our bush' and for Te Iwi Māori that's definitely a really important and significant thing. Ana kei konei matau.
[While Eruini speaks: Eruini and Pohuto appear on screen.]
Hayden Williams: People to work on our own land instead of travelling all the way to Turangi and Wellington just to cut some trees, and you've got to come all the way home and then do it again.
Simon Geddes: When we first started we just thought if we gave them a job, they earned some money, that will be enough. They'll be really happy. They were happy but it wasn't enough, and that's when we came up with the pastoral support. Health is what we're looking at, the health of our rangatahi, and that means mental health, physical health, their wairua – their spiritual health. They'll have a bit of an issue, our kaihautū will go and talk to them, work it through. If you don't support the rangitahi then you won't get them coming to work because they'll come up against an issue that they can't overcome, so we can help them come through that.
[While Simon speaks: Men are working in the forest. Marama Moses, kaihautū: Tāne Mahuta NZ Ltd. appears on the screen, speaking to workers. Simon and his team are working in the forest.]
Marama Moses, kaihautū, Tāne Mahuta NZ Ltd.: We're here to employ them and to train them, not to get rid of them. So as long as we're talking and everything is above board we pretty much get to the bottom of the issues.
Wini Geddes: I could be sitting at a tangi and watch a note getting passed along, and it will be a phone number – can you take my mokopuna to come and work for us.
Hayden Williams: I was doing bad things to my friends my family. All my life I've been wanting to be in the forest. I didn't know anything about the bush, I didn't even know how to start the chainsaw. Ever since Simon and Wini gave me the opportunity I've stopped that life.
[While Hayden speaks: A worker cuts down a tree with a chainsaw.]
Simon Geddes: The challenges that we've faced is multiple. First you've got the industry traditionally said that locals are too out of it on drugs, doing crime, and can't work.
Willie Marsden: As long as the tools are provided and everything, they'll do the job. And so I just boil all the work down to them, down to my workers and my pruners, and now these young fellas just need to keep going now. They're hard workers.
Maui Te Kira: My name's Maui Te Kira and I work for Tāne Mahuta, and I love it. This is my second year now. I started in September.
[While Maui speaks: Worker is climbing a ladder against a tree.]
Simon Geddes: The home environment is really really difficult. You can't choose what street you're born on. We've got people who have been dependent on the government for generations, and to take them out of that home environment and to put them into a work environment can be very difficult. A lot of our rangatahi have been discouraged from their partners, from their family, to go to work. One in particular – he passed a drug test, took it back to his dad and said 'here look at that', then his dad said 'well, they're just gonna use you son'. And now he's up there, he's one of our best workers. So there's a whole lot of challenges that our rangatahi face just at the home environment, just to get a whare, for example, can be difficult. One of our ones who's been with us for a long time, he was living in a tent for a little while and he's the one who's actually now saying 'I want to increase my KiwiSaver to 6 percent' 'cause he doesn't want to be in that environment anymore.
[While Simon speaks: A worker is sawing down tree. Another is climbing and trimming a tree. A forestry team is walking through the forest. Workers are attending a training course.]
Hayden Williams: I changed my rate from 3 percent to 6. Just I've got a bit of a vision – hopefully by 30 I'll be able to purchase my first house.
Simon Geddes: For them to actually deal with that, manage that, and all the pressure that's on them sometimes they just want to give up, and sometimes they do give up. And that's where our kaihautū comes in and says 'don't give up.' But if you don't put that support in there, that family environment, that gang environment will eventually suck them back into where they came from. And the other challenge is actually the work itself. It's extremely physical in nature, and once they overcome that then it becomes something that comes to them naturally, and they enjoy it.
[While Simon speaks: Workers are taking a break and socialising.]
Eruini Hawke: We only have each other out here so you do form bonds, you do make friendships that can last outside the bush. And it's one of those things, the camaraderie that we find in the van or in the truck – it's unique to bushman life. And I think we all love it, ay brothers? Of course.
Wini Geddes: What we have done is set up our own drug rehabilitation unit. But inside that, if they tested positive then they go into a 3-day stand-down and inside that 3 days they still stay inside rehab until they're clear to go back to work. We don't fire anyone because of that.
[While Wini speaks: Thomas Perenara, kaihautū, Tāne Mahuta NZ Ltd. appears on screen and is speaking to workers.]
Simon Geddes: We've had to try and break that stereotype in the industry for a start, and these rangatahi that we put through the Tāne Mahuta Learn While You Earn programme have broken that stereotype. So one of the things that it'll achieve in the long term is getting generations of families back into forestry, and also with supporting our communities you're bringing their wages and that sort of thing back into our community.
[A forestry team is working in the forest. Workers are undergoing training.]
Wini Geddes: Over the past 5 years we have trained 235 including the ones now.
Simon Geddes: We've put them through training, got them qualified – they've got level 3s, some of them level 4s, and that's given them the confidence to apply to go to university, for example, something that they never thought they could do.
Tutemaungaroa Dixon: I wanna get qualified, thank you.
Willie Marsden: Thank you to my crew and the guys that work in it without them I suppose I wouldn't have made it this far.
Simon Geddes: I think it's really important that they have those tohu. They're in a profession – we want them to feel good about that. It's a pretty comprehensive qualification and they have to work hard to get it. We're in the regions where they want to plant the billion trees. We can support that by what we're doing with our programme, employing people, training that employment, working with land owners, and a lot of them are Māori landowners, to be able to get the best utilisation out of their whenua, and obviously the big picture is our carbon footprint. And another one we're looking at that we want to see is Māori in the management side of forestry instead of just being the people who are doing the mahi, but managing their own resources, managing their own forest.
[While Simon speaks: One of the workers’ training certificate is shown. Photo stills are shown of forestry workers and trees.]
Hayden Williams: I wouldn't mind running my own crews in the forest, running my own gang, having my own company, but just trying to get the skills in order to maintain a good company.[Video ends with Hayden Williams speaking. Closing card reads: Get Involved, Ph: 0800 00 83 33, www.teururakau.govt.nz .]
Tāne Mahuta have also set up a women's crew – the Hine-ahu-one forestry crew. This mahi is hard work, but the crew has a lot of fun in the forest while learning the essential skills needed for success in this tough industry. They climb up steep slopes, over old stumps and branches with boxes of seedlings on their backs, planting the next generation of forest on their whenua.
Through the programme, rangatahi are able to support and make their whanau proud through working on their whenua and achieving long-term aspirations for their whanau, hapū, and iwi.
Check out the video below.
Video – Tāne Mahuta's Hine-ahu-one forestry crew (4.32)
[Video begins with title card reading “Planting One Billion Trees Together”. An image of pine needles is shown with the text “Tāne Mahuta NZ Ltd. received Partnership Funding to support and train rangatahi, including a wāhine crew”.]
Wini Geddes, director, Maōri forestry development, Tāne Mahuta NZ Ltd.: Kō Pūtauaki te maunga. Kō Rangitaiki te awa. Kō Ngāti Awa te iwi. Kō Mataatatua te waka. Kei te noho kainga inaianei ki Okōrero. Engari te hau kainga ki Te Teko Kō Wini Geddes taku ingoa. My name is Wini Geddes and I'm a co-director of Tāne Mahuta NZ limited. It started from the wāhine themselves – they knew that we were doing training in forestry, and some of the wāhine who were at home wanted to earn a bit of money to help to raise their families.
[While Wini speaks: The Hine-ahu-one crew appears on screen, preparing for the day’s work. Kayla Kepa and Darnelle Kepa are at the worksite.]
Kayla Kepa: Me, my partner, and one other girl, Georgina, she's from Murupara, we were the first ones that started our Hine-ahu-one crew.
Uangahere Kingi: I was living over in Australia for 2 years. Over there I was working in retail, and now I'm experienced with planting, pruning, plotting, and measuring.
[As Uangahere speaks, she walks through an empty plantation, digging holes for seedlings.]
Darnelle Kepa: I like it outdoors; good friends, good bosses.
[As Darnelle speaks, she is planting seedlings.]
Wini Geddes: It's given them a new lease of life, enjoy coming to work. They come with all of their issues but we've got kaihautū that can deal with that.
[While Wini speaks: Two women are walking through the bush, sliding down a hill.]
Marama Moses, kaihautū, Tāne Mahuta NZ Ltd.: Some of our rangatahi don't come with whānau support, so this is my role. We help to build their confidence, approaching them on any of their issues whatever the issue may be.
Kayla Kepa: They help all of them with their licenses, funding, training them. They provide them the vehicles 'cause they done that with me and few others.
Janelle Williams: Just providing transport for every single worker no matter what route we have to go we'll pick up all our workers every morning.
[While Janelle speaks: An aerial view of a pine forest is shown.]
Marama Moses: Knowing that their father and their great grandfather, their ancestors walked this land is healing for them. It helps them bring their issues down. This was their playground, this was their Pak 'n Save.
Uangahere Kingi: It feels good to be working on our own land, being able to provide for our people in whatever way we can. And with global warming being at shocking states at the moment it's just so satisfying to replant trees.
[While Uangahere speaks: A spade is seen being burrowed into the ground and a crew member plants a seedling.]
Kayla Kepa: There's days there when I wanna quit, I'm finished. There's other days it's like nah, c'mon, get up, let's go girls.
[While Kayla speaks: An aerial view of the pine forest is depicted.]
Wini Geddes: The rewarding parts of what we do is when one of the rangatahi comes up and says 'I want my KiwiSaver account increased from 3 percent to 6 percent.' And the other one was the mama for the first time earning her first pay packet; gets 2 big buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken and just clutches them in her arms, sits in the back seat and goes to sleep on her way to take them home to her whānau.
Kayla Kepa: All got our hi-vis on, our boots are all up to scratch, and all our planting gear. But our hazards for here, 'cause we've got an active stream, we need to plant 10 metres away from there, and that's just when they come in and cut those trees down it's not going in our waterway. Ka pai? All right, let's go.
[While Kayla speaks: The crew is gearing up for work, getting their safety equipment ready and loading the seedlings onto their backs.]
Te Hemanawa Rikihana Heke: Working with these ones is actually cool, we have a lot of fun on the hill especially when we've got music – loving it.
[While Te Hemanawa speaks: She is listening to music while planting seedlings.]
Darnelle Kepa: That's our guideline so we can keep our 5 metres apart, 'cause that's pretty crucial, our spacing.
[While Darnell speaks: A group of women is making their way through the bush, planting seedlings.]
Kayla Kepa: We try and plant through there or even walk through there, could end up swallowed or end up getting hurt really.
Wini Geddes: I'm proud of them because I've worked all my life and seen a lot of women being stuck at home and not having any future and thinking that they can't do the things that they really want to do.
Janelle Williams: There's heaps of opportunities in this industry. We could even study forest management if we'd like to and come back and manage the crews.
Kayla Kepa: If you're thinking about going into forestry, from a females' point of view, go for it.
[While Kayla speaks: Women continue to make their way through the bush, planting seedlings.]
Marama Moses: Training rangatahi in forestry, putting them on a pathway which leads to full time mahi – that drives me, knowing that our rangatahi will be walking a good life.
[While Marama speaks: The Hine-ahu-one crew is seen walking down a dirt road through the plantation while singing and dancing.]
[Closing card reads: Get Involved, Ph: 0800 008333, www.teururakau.govt.nz . Video ends.]
One Billion Trees is helping create jobs for differently-abled people in Hawke’s Bay. Find out how funding is helping Hohepa Hawke’s Bay nursery expand its native plant nursery and increase wetland restoration projects.
Video – Nursery gets funds to expand (4.10)
[Video begins with title card reading "Planting One Billion Trees Together". An aerial view of Hohepa Hawke’s Bay’s nursery is depicted, with the text "Hohepa Hawke’s Bay applied for Partnership Funding to extend their native plant nursery and wetland restoration projects, creating more jobs for people with disabilities."]
[People can be seen outside the nursery turning soil with spades]
Lane Marshall – Team leader, Hohepa Environment Services
So the teams that we've got involved here are people with disabilities, a different team on every day. We ecosource our seeds from the old forest, so we go as a team into the old forest and scrabble around on the ground, or pick seeds off the trees, whatever it takes to get a crop together.
[While Lane speaks: people are planting seedlings in potting bags]
Robbie works here. Sometimes he needs space. He likes water a lot. So having these large areas means that he can go use his hose, water, and that sort of rainbow effect of the water and the sound of the water hissing is very calming to him. So he'll work really intensively. He's a very good worker. Then he'll take himself off and do some hosing for awhile. Calm himself down.
[While Lane speaks: Robbie moves seedlings around the nursery and then hoses plants in bright sunlight, causing a rainbow to appear]
Justin, he'll break a stick and then twirl it. Now Justin understands that we're growing crops. He's seen it from start to finish. He's seen us collecting seed, he's seen us grow the trees and he's seen us plant the trees, so he gets that the trees are for growing and not for breaking.
[While Lane speaks: Lane shows Justin seedlings Justin’s planted. Close-up shots depict native seedlings and plants]
Neil Kirton, Executive Manager Hohepa Environment Services
Well, we're very, very enthusiastic about providing new habitat for the bittern population, which is endangered in this area. We want them to come here in numbers. So our whole program is designed to ensure the food sources are correct for them, that the water depth is appropriate, and they've got adequate cover and protection.
[While Neil speaks: text appears reading "Planting at Ahuriri Estuary". Aerial view shows wetland with people in fluorescent vests planting native seedlings. Neil talks directly to camera and is then seen walking next to someone through the wetland in gumboots and talking to them about the wetland]
Joe Harris, Wetland Project Leader
It's three years of work sort of all culminating together to link the bird life, all the plants we've put in, and just the rest of the ecology all coming together to make what is the wetland.
[While Joe speaks: people walk around the wetland with plants and are then seen planting these in the ground. Close-up shots show people smiling while they’re planting.
There are very few opportunities for people with disabilities of this nature to be involved. This is valuable work, real work, and it's really, really appreciated both by the community and by the people doing the work.
With the funding that we're getting from the One Billion Trees Programme, it means that we're able to establish other areas where we're growing more trees. We can have different teams that are coming in to help grow. That means that the work that we do here can expand. We need to expand actually in order to be able to stand on our own two feet ultimately.
[While Lane speaks: more people are seen planting around the wetland]
Kathryn Lyons, Nursery Worker
My name is Kathryn. I love potting up. I love coming out here. I come out one day a week.
[While Kathryn speaks: Kathryn is working in the potting shed, carefully pouring soil into a bag around a seedling]
Probably the initial challenge was to get it all into a situation where we could do planting. So a lot of invasive pest species, and things like that, that all needed to be cleared up. We probably trapped and got rid of at least maybe 150 different pests.
[While Joe speaks: aerial shots show the wetland and people working together to plant]
Tui Butler-Hughes, Environment Services Assistant
The ferrets and the mice and the rats when they step on, once we pull that, the thing goes down and they think, "Oh, that looks nice," and they're dead.
[While Tui speaks: a close-up of the trap is shown, and Tui explains its functions]
The One Billion Trees Programme gives us a great opportunity to boost the areas of wetland that we're developing. We are left with only something like 5% of the original wetlands available and this will give us the opportunity to double and treble that. So we've managed to plant in the vicinity of 15,000 trees in the last little bit. But over the next year or 2 years and 3 years, we anticipate we'll do 20, 30, 40,000 trees and greatly expand the wetland available for habitat, for our endangered species in the Ahuriri Estuary.
[While Neil speaks: two Hohepa team members sit together and plant native seedlings into a hay bale. Close-up shows both smiling. The two then lift the hay bale and position it in the water. One drives a metal stake into the bale to secure it. Close-up shots show various native plants.]
Our advice to anyone seeking to do similar work is to go and talk to your local council, regional council, talk to the Department of Conservation, talk to Forest and Bird, talk to everyone that has an interest in this and bring them onboard.
[While Neil speaks, a tall tree can be seen next to a fence. Video ends with aerial shot showing wetland. Closing card reads: Get Involved. Phone 0800 008 333. www.teururakau.govt.nz]
- Funding: $5,800,000
- Region: Bay of Plenty
- Contract length: 3 years
Minginui Nursery in the Bay of Plenty has been given partnership co-funding from the One Billion Trees Fund to scale up its production of forestry grade native seedlings and boost community development.
Minginui Nursery is owned by Ngāti Whare Holdings, and already employed and trained local people. It grows forest-grade podocarp species – rimu, tōtara, matai, kahikatea, miro – and kauri, and already had a large order book for mānuka, kānuka and other pioneer species.
Ngāti Whare has developed a successful approach to getting local people into full-time permanent work through offering wrap-around services, like social and health services.
The $5.8 million in funding will allow the nursery to grow up to a million native trees, and expand its current workforce from 9 to 90.
Horizons Regional Afforestation Initiative Stage 1
- Funding: $970,600
- Region: Manawatū-Whanganui
- Contract length: 1 year
Almost $1 million was been invested to plant 1.35 million trees on erosion-prone private land during the 2018 winter.
The Manawatū-Whanganui region has the largest area of farmed hill country in New Zealand and has the biggest hill country erosion programme.
The Horizons Regional Council worked with up to 40 landowners through its sustainable land use initiative to get trees into the ground in 2018.
The funding will also provide forest land appraisals for some landowners who are considering planting trees on their farmland.
Additional planting will help create jobs in some of the most remote and isolated communities in the region where unemployment is high. Environmentally, the tree planting will:
- reduce erosion and sedimentation in the area
- help mitigate climate change
- improve water quality.
Ngati Rēhia Kauri Sanctuary Feasibility study
- Funding: $288,000
- Region: Northland
- Contract length: 1 year
The establishment of a Kauri sanctuary, free from kauri die-back, is being explored on 45 hectares of sheltered Ngāti Rēhia land in Northland.
The project provides an opportunity for research and control of kauri dieback in a contained plantation environment, while offering locals training and education in assessing for the disease.
The $288,000 investment allows Ngāti Rēhia to confirm that their whenua is free of the kauri dieback disease. If the sanctuary is established, the income will help the iwi's strong focus on investing in housing, health and education for its people.
Ngāti Rēhia is also working with Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) towards an agreement that will see the Crown establish a joint venture commercial forest on their land.
Ngāti Hine mānuka / training project
- Funding: $1,895,000
- Region: Northland
- Contract length: 2 years
Up to 465 hectares of mānuka will be planted on Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust land to establish a large commercial mānuka plantation and beekeeping business to help diversify land use.
The programme will provide work experience for up to 40 young people and help them build a strong foundation for a forestry career. There's potential for the training programme to be used in other regions.
This initiative supports the Trust’s plans to establish and grow future opportunities for higher skilled and better paid jobs in Northland. It'll help create economic resilience in the region and improve the quality of Ngāti Hine’s land for future generations.
In early 2018 Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) and Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust also signed a land rental agreement to plant and manage approximately 3,600 hectares of commercial forest in the Far North. This will provide another boost to the local economy and bring employment opportunities and better social outcomes for the whole region.
In 2018, 500,000 pine trees were planted, with a further 2 million trees to be planted over the next 3 years.
Scion Tōtara Industry Pilot
- Funding: $450,000
- Region: Northland
- Contract length: 1 year
In Northland, a two-year pilot study investigating the potential for a commercial tōtara industry in Northland is underway.
Tōtara could provide an opportunity for New Zealand to develop a new niche industry producing high-value native wood products. It could also diversify Northland’s economy and sustainably grow jobs in the region.
The Provincial Growth Fund also provided $450,000 towards the pilot, which has a total cost of $1 million. Additional funding is provided by Scion and Northland Inc.
A full list of funded partnership projects [PDF, 682 KB]