Firewood deliveries for families in need

Friday 5 Jun 2020

 
More than 100 homes will be warmer this winter thanks to a new initiative to provide firewood to Hauraki Iwi in need. Amelia Williams, Executive Chair of Ngati Tara Tokanui Trust has responded to the concerns expressed by local kuia, Nancye Gage, about many families living in cold, damp homes and unable to source firewood due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Ms Williams wrote to New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Department of Conservation (DOC) and Andy Warren of forestry company Rayonier Matariki Forests during Lockdown to see if an arrangement could be put in place to support whanau. A plan was developed to access non-merchantable wood from Rayonier Matariki Forests’ plantations in Tairua and Athenree Forests.

During Level 4, trees had to be left on the forest floor, unable to be processed into higher quality products, due to degradation. Rayonier Matariki Forests Bay of Plenty Regional Manager, Andy Warren, organised with Coromandel Contractors to recover the short-length wood.

The wood has been loaded onto trucks and transported to some Hauraki marae, and also to the Department of Conservation’s Hauraki District office in Thames. It has been distributed to families in Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi and Te Puru, and Mr Warren also joined forces with forestry company counterpart Ernslaw One in order to supply Manaia, Whitianga and Wharekaho families from the Whangapoua Forest.

Mr Warren says he is delighted to be a part of this collaborative project which will see many families being able to stay warm over the colder months. “There are some families in desperate situations and the 10-15 truckloads of wood we will be bringing out of our forests should go some way to helping a large number of people,” says Mr Warren.

Department of Conservation’s Pou Tairangahau Apanui Skipper has been the interface between the forestry companies and other DOC offices, and says it has taken six weeks of planning during Lockdown to finalise logistics. “We have welcomed being a part of this wonderful initiative and really appreciate the forestry companies coming together to make this happen for Hauraki iwi,” says Mr Skipper.



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