Shane Jones to lead regional development and tree planting

A claim that (as already predicted) Shane Jones will be the new Minister of Regional Economic Development and also Minister of Forestry.

Newshub: Shane Jones Minister for 100 million trees, $1 billion regional fund

Shane Jones will be the Minister responsible for spending $1 billion a year on New Zealand’s regions.

Newshub has also learned that Jones will also be in charge of the new Forestry Service, which will plant 100 million trees a year – with the goal of planting a billion over 10 years.

The goal is to take jobs to the regions with roles in planting and nurseries.

It is understood that about 50 million trees are already planted in New Zealand each year, meaning the new Government’s planting will double that.

The plan will require 1000 stems per hectare, over 100,000 hectares.

There is an environmental element to the plan, as forests planted on Department of Conservation land will be native trees acting as permanent “carbon sinks” to counter climate change.

Trees will also be planted on Maori-owned land and there will be a big emphasis on getting Maori into jobs.

The new Government department’s headquarters will be based in Rotorua.

Sounds potentially very good for regional development, employment and also addressing climate and conservation issues.

Of course it depends on how well done it is and how effectively the money will be spent. It’s a big challenge for Jones, and he will probably be more visible than Winston peters who is expected to be Minister of Foreign Affairs so should be out of the country frequently.

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  1. PDB

     /  25th October 2017

    A noble aim, and if more native trees are planted I’m all for it BUT if Shane Jones is running the ship you have to wonder if the money will be well managed. 50 million trees per year currently being planted is already a good sized amount.

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  2. barryglik

     /  25th October 2017

    Tree planting can be good. But to be fair trees are already being planted so not like it’s any thing new. Nurseries may already be in the regions and may actually not need any more staff or only a small staff increase. Hopefully will not be working for the dole but real long term salaried employment Details would be appreciated.

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  3. Corky

     /  25th October 2017

    ‘Newshub has also learned that Jones will also be in charge of the new Forestry Service, which will plant 100 million trees a year – with the goal of planting a billion over 10 years.”

    Yeah, good luck with that. Jonesy may be looking for a new job in 18 months. Still, he could be rehired…as a tree planter..by Bill.

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  4. sorethumb

     /  25th October 2017

    Regional development is like trying to make a lawyer out of an average student?

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  5. David

     /  25th October 2017

    Is this the Shane Jones re-election fund?

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  6. I’m opposed to the mindless planting of exotics- i.e pinus radiata and eucalyptus species

    What about Manuka and forests of natives? That’s really thinking ahead

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    • Corky

       /  25th October 2017

      Kanuka is purported to produce honey more potent than Manuka. That’s saying something.

      Lets do this?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  25th October 2017

        You don’t have to plant it. It grows wild up here no problem.

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        • Corky

           /  25th October 2017

          You are lucky. Great fire wood that has a very dense structure.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  25th October 2017

            Tell me about it. You want to try moving a ute load or two. Oh, and we also have the honey. Local connoisseurs tell me it is superb. Looks like it might be a good year. Our bee-keeper has some of the hives up to four levels already.

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            • Joe Bloggs

               /  25th October 2017

              Friends have hives throughout Northland and are saying that this year’s looking great for quality and quantity. Godzone eh…

  7. Nats need to get Green and make a big noise on this issue. Beat the pinus radiata idiots at their own game.

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  8. Fight4NZ

     /  25th October 2017

    W0uld be good to see a decent portion of this go to riperian planting to support farmers. Many have been doing this out of their own pockets for a long time.

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  9. Gezza

     /  25th October 2017

    If he invests wisely in spending his $1b for regional development well & where it will produce the best social & employment/employability outcomes, & provide jobs & better opportunities beyond just forestry for young Maori, he has my best wishes & my qualified support, at this point in time.

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