Accord sets path to reforest Hawke’s Bay
Friday 31 Aug 2018The signing of the Kahutia Accord MOU between Ngati Kahungunu Iwi incorporated and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council last Friday aims to plant millions of trees on the 250,000 ha of erosion-prone land across Hawke’s Bay.
The Kahutia Accord is a formal partnership to assist the region to become New Zealand’s first carbon neutral province by 2040, a target highlighted in the Council’s Strategic Plan.
Ngahiwi Tomoana says the programme’s key outcomes are to lift the overall productivity of the region through increasing the productivity of erosion prone land and reinvigorating both its freshwater and coastal marine environments.
“The Kahutia Accord means the real work behind a reforestation programme can start now, to plant more trees to protect erosion prone land and enhance our environment. This will also establish an investment that benefit our ratepayers, the region and Ngati Kahungunu over the long term,” says Rex Graham Chair of the Regional Council.
Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated has submitted a Provincial Growth Fund application to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment and is awaiting a response. In the meantime, both HBRC and NKII have initiated the necessary due diligence to ensure programme success.
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