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)

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)

Hohepa Nursery

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)

Minginui Nursery

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Mānuka flowers.
  • 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

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Young forest on a hillside.
  • 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

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A stand of kauri trees.
  • 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

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Mānuka tree.
  • 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]


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