April 02, 2013
MP wants to see native trees replanted
MP Shane Jones wants to see kauri once more cloaking the hills of Te Tai Tokerau.
The Labour list MP says National is ignoring a region that needs the sort of financial and institutional support and long term commitment that government can bring.
He says as iwi receive treaty settlements and look to the future, they are identifying ways they can keep their communities alive and improve the condition of the people and the environment.
“There is a vision to create a huarahi tūpatapata which is like a kauri corridor. It begins not only by managing intensively the existing resource but it undertakes a generational replanting strategy, where the original native estate is reforest-stated in native timber. That’s a long term vision and its partly economic, partly employment but it’s predominantly sustainability,” he says.
Shane Jones says a huarahi tūpatapata would restore biodiversity and birdlife as well as improve water catchments.
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