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.

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Why us? Because we are Manuka specialists!

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Grant rates for differing species are as follows:

Top-up available/ha
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
Indigenous mix
(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.

Contact us to help with your 1BT application for Manuka, Kanuka and Indigenous forest plantations

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.