There’s now 1 billion reasons to apply!
The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has launched a revised Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) for forestry plantations known as the 1 Billion Trees Fund (1BT fund).Our team here at Kauri Park can assist you with 1BT applications for Manuka, Kanuka and Indigenous forest plantations.
Why us? Because we are Manuka specialists!
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Grant rates for differing species are as follows:
|Type of Planting||Size||Base Rate/ha||Erosion prone land OR land in areas that support regional development goals/ha||Fencing/ha||Ecological restoration partnership projects/ha|
(e.g.: mix of native trees and shrubs)
|1ha – 300ha||$4000||$500||Up to $500||Up to $2000|
(particularly for erosion control or as a nurse crop for an indigenous forest)
|5ha – 300ha||$1800||$500||N/A||N/A|
|Indigenous natural regeneration
(e.g.: retiring land and managing it to naturally return back to trees)
|5ha – 300ha||$1000||$500||Up to $500||N/A|
(e.g.: planting eucalypts, redwoods or Pinus radiata)
|5ha – 300ha||$1500||$500||N/A||N/A|
Applications are to include:
- GIS shapefile or a Google Earth Pro .kml file, or an aerial photograph of the proposed areas for planting
- Photographs of the proposed planting areas, and existing plant cover and erosion. They should be geotagged or GPS enabled and dated.
It is also an advantage to include a farm plan or report from your Regional Council which supports an application for a planting or indigenous reversion.
Other things to note:
- Tree species must be able to grow to >5m.
- 750 trees per ha is the ‘establishment’ stocking rate.
- An Indigenous planting:
- can include a significant percentage of Manuka and Kanuka.
- needs to include a minimum of 45% of large podocarps such as Kahikatea, Totara, Rewarewa, Beech, Rimu, and/or Kauri.
- must be allowed to revert to a natural indigenous forest over time.
- Indigenous plantations under the 1BT fund should remain growing in perpetuity and as a minimum, are not allowed to be cut down for a minimun of 10 years.
- Mitigation and ecological restoration plantings on subdivisions MAY qualify as long as the plantation exceeds 1ha in area, and a large percentage of the plantation is in tree species that exceed 5m in height. This would be subject to the final decision of Te Uru Rakau.
- There will be a requirement to covenant the planting to protect the planting from any removal of any of the trees by future owners of subdivided lots.
- It is possible that a manuka/manuka or indigenous tree planting may qualify for registration with the ETS. Carbon credits are currently selling for approx $25 per NZU.