Tairawhiti forestry projects receive $1.5m funding

Friday 19 Jun 2020

In New Zealand, One Billion Trees funding of more than NZ$1.5 million for six projects will bring employment and help kick-start the Tairawhiti economy following the Covid-19 lockdown, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says.

One Billion Trees grants of more than NZ$89,300 have been provided to Abushman Contracts Ltd, a Maori-owned forestry silviculture business which has developed the Paiaka Forestry Introductory Programme. Through this, 10 forestry workers whose jobs have been affected by Covid-19 will have the chance to gain NZQA credits and access wrap-around whanau-led wellbeing support.

“In addition, the workers will have job security pruning trees over the next three to six months on plantations administered by Crown Forestry and Ngati Porou Forests Ltd after both agreed to bring pruning work forward,” Mr Jones said.

In another project, up to 20 Tairawhiti forestry workers will have the chance to gain NZQA credits through Eastland Wood Council's Training the Next Forestry Generation project, which is receiving One Billion Trees funding of up to NZ$56,488.

“Education opportunities like this not only keep people in the forestry sector but also ensure the workforce is upskilled and well-placed to help put New Zealand forestry and wood processing at the cutting edge as we move beyond Covid-19.

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Source: gisborneherald

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