Provincial Growth Funds for One Billion Tree programme

The two policies may have always been linked, but Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced that $240 million has been allocated to the One Billion Trees programme from the Provincial Growth Fund championed by Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones.

Two weeks ago Provincial Growth Fund gains momentum

Today’s launch of the Guide to the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will give regions greater clarity on the Government’s priorities for the PGF and how to tailor their applications, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says.

Yesterday: Another milestone for One Billion Trees

The Government’s goal of planting more trees to create sustainable jobs and address climate change is receiving a $240 million boost, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has today announced.

As part of the One Billion Trees programme, Cabinet has approved the creation of a new grants programme and partnership fund to get more trees in the ground and provide training and employment opportunities.

“Forestry is a fundamental part of this Government’s regional development programme and we need to work with everyday New Zealanders because they are the key to achieving our tree planting target over the next ten years,” Shane Jones said.

“We’re allocating $240 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to support tree planting in areas where wider social, environmental, and regional development goals can be achieved.

“The Government plays an important role in setting the right conditions for forestry growth and we need to work with everyday New Zealanders because they are the key to achieving our tree planting target over the next ten years.

“We’re strengthening our support for planting over the next three to four years in areas where there are currently limited commercial drivers for investment, and where wider social, environmental or regional development benefits can be achieved.

“The new grants scheme will provide simple and accessible direct funding to landowners for the cost of planting and establishing trees and regenerating indigenous forest. Private landowners, government agencies, NGOs and iwi will all be able to apply.

“These grants will be available from later this year and we’re aiming to encourage the planting of natives, trees for erosion control, and environmentally-focused planting – all ensuring we have the right tree in the right place for the right purpose.

“These grants will see an additional 60 million new trees in the ground over the next three years.

“On top of this, a new partnership fund will create an even closer working relationship between Te Uru Rākau and regional councils, NGOs, training organisations, Māori landowners and community groups.

“This approach will allow us to leverage co-funding opportunities and existing know-how and experience.

“We’ll be looking at promoting innovation, securing sufficient labour to get trees in the ground and providing support and advice to landowners on how they can improve land-use,” Shane Jones said.

The new initiatives will be funded through the PGF with about $118 million set aside for grants and a further $120 million for partnership projects over three years.

This is in addition to the $245m already committed from the PGF to kick-start the programme, which includes funding for joint ventures and the expansion of the Hill Country Erosion programme.

It’s a lot of trees, and a lot of money.

16 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  August 14, 2018

    Brilliant, Lab/Green/NZ1st! Far better for the environment than throwing open national parks for mining and everywhere else, onshore and off shore, for oil and gas extraction (National)

    • PDB

       /  August 14, 2018

      https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/08/08/184160/sage-approved-chinese-bottler-despite-arsenic-allegations

      “Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage decided against pursuing a stringent examination of Chinese water bottling firm Nongfu Spring’s “good character” before approving the expansion of its New Zealand operations, official documents reveal.

      When officials could not find the outcome of a key court decision on Nongfu Spring’s application of Chinese water quality standards, Sage decided against demanding further information and let the deal go through.”

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 14, 2018

        It’s hardly ‘throwing open national parks and everywhere else for oil and gas extraction’ to have this done in a controlled way.

        As we all use oil and petrol and things that are mined, it’s a bit hypocritical to condemn the sources. What do you think that computers are made from ? Do you drive a motor vehicle and use electricity ?

  2. PartisanZ

     /  August 14, 2018

    A lot of money well spent!

    But wait … there’s more … and its the best news I’ve heard in a very long time …

    ‘Greens win big native trees concession’ – Newsroom

    “The Greens have won a big concession from the One Billion Trees programme, forcing Shane Jones to accept that two-thirds of the trees planted will be natives”

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/08/13/190298/greens-win-big-native-trees-concession

    GO … THE … GREENS!!!

    Now we know Pinus Radiata harbours Kauri dieback it has literally nothing left to recommend it … Pine trees could be said to be poisonous in every way possible … to the (respiratory tracts of) people who live and work among them … or inhabit dwellings constructed of their toxically-treated timber … to the environment they grow in … to the land where vineyards & kiwifruit are planted … to the roads … to the economy, long-term …

    I predict that later this century the new Republic of Aotearoa New Zealand will have a ‘Pine Free by 2100’ campaign rather like ‘Predator Free by 2050’, with people actively employed to eradicate Pine from the face of the country …

    Also, by then we will have learned that such a goal cannot be achieved by large scale poison drops … or the introduction of ‘predator species’ … such as is being proposed and trialed in India for Wild Ginger …

    • robertguyton

       /  August 14, 2018

      In the brief time The Greens have been in Government they have achieved SO MUCH! It’s quite breath-taking; thank goodness this tree agreement will put more oxygen back into the air; I’m beginning to feel giddy with success 🙂

  3. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  August 14, 2018

    I await with interest just how well this money will be spent and whether there will be any decent oversight of where the trees will be planted and how the forests/plantations will be maintained.

    I live just half an hour’s drive from some of the worst examples of exotic forest clearance imaginable.
    After Cyclone Bola, millions of Govt $$$$ were invested in the East Coast to establish Protection forestry on the eroded hill country… This quickly transformed into production forests, most owned by overseas Forest Companies.
    The mess behind Tolaga Bay didn’t happen overnight… that slash (i.e. 20-30m long logs) had been left on the hills, gullies for well over 4 years… It was there when I first arrived in this District – 2014.

    The Old Forest Service was dismantled by the 4th Labour Government.
    There has been no decent oversight of our Forests since the 1980s.
    Here’s hoping the New Forestry Department can get their act together… but the 2018 planting season is nearly over and there’s been no word of any recovery/restoration planting of Forests in the East Coast.

    • PartisanZ

       /  August 14, 2018

      @Maggy Wassilieff – “The Old Forest Service was dismantled by the 4th Labour Government. There has been no decent oversight of our Forests since the 1980s.”

      Oh my goodness! Yet another thing to thank Rogerednomics for …

      “Here’s hoping the New Forestry Department can get their act together… ”

      Almost a hat tip for the Labour-led coalition government … including the Green Party …

      Here in the Far North the maintenance of many exotic plantation forests is so atrocious or non-existent as to warrant government regulation IMHO … Yes, I believe you should be legally obliged to look after it …

      So much of it looks like it never even received one pruning … let alone anything beyond …

      Another triumph for the so-called ‘free market’ …

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 14, 2018

        Actually not really, PZ, at least in an instance locally I know about. The forest is owned by a Maori Trust. They employed a Maori gang to prune it. Long afterwards they found only the trees you could see from the road had been done and the plantation was near worthless.