Wednesday, 16 September 2020 10:23

$5m Govt boost for Taranaki planting

Written by  Staff Reporters
About 900,000 plants are being contract-grown for the 2021 winter planting season. About 900,000 plants are being contract-grown for the 2021 winter planting season.

More than 600km of Taranaki river and stream banks will be planted with almost a million native plants next winter.

The project, part of the Transforming Taranaki riparian management programme, will see 80 news jobs created. It has received $45 million Government funding.

The Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) scheme has been running for 27 years, with farmers voluntarily planting and fencing thousands of kilometres of waterways.

In that time Council officers have prepared nearly 3,000 individual riparian plans, and more than 6.2 million plants have been distributed at cost.

The programme’s goal is improved water quality and an increase in biodiversity, with the plants providing habitat for native birds and cover for aquatic species.

About 900,000 plants are being contract-grown for the 2021 winter planting season.

The opportunity to buy $1 plants will be offered to Council plan holders in the intensively farmed zone of the Taranaki ring plain and coastal marine terraces, with priority given to those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to riparian planting and fencing over the years. 

If eligible, farmers can order between 500 and 2,000 plants per plan.

The cost includes planting by Council-arranged contractors, whereas previously that had been the responsibility of the landowner. 

Plan holders will be required to erect fences to protect the plants, estimated to be worth $4.1 million. The value of the combined fencing and planting is expected to be close to $10.8 million.

Council land services manager Don Shearman says the funding, which comes under the Government’s Jobs for Nature Programme, is great news for the region. 

“Taranaki farmers have put in years of hard work planting and fencing their waterways all at their own cost – because they know it’s the right thing to do. And many are now so close to completing their plans. 

“This funding will save them thousands of dollars, plus precious time, allowing them to push forward to the finishing line.

“We’re already seeing environmental benefits from the programme, with a NIWA study last year finding many Taranaki sites had the best water quality they’d had since 1995. We’re excited to see the improvements continue.”

Plan holders with questions are advised by TRC to contact their Council Land Management Officer on 0800 736 222.

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