January 30, 2019
Kahungunu carbon plan helps council do its job
A proposed loan of 100,000 carbon credits from Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will allow the iwi to start replanting its land with native trees this winter.
Ngāti Kahungunu Incorporated chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says the controversial scheme will allow the council to deliver its side of the partnership without having to undergo the drawn out public consultation required if there was a cash contribution.
The proposal will breathe mauri into the credits, currently worth about $2.5 million, and allow the recloacking of the land.
He says the council was presented with a commercial model.
"We’re not going to lease them. We're not going to want them for nothing. We will pay you. But we will also help do your job for you. We'll clean up the rivers. We will stop all this land sliding into the sea. We'll stop our urupā slipping into the rivers as well. We'll do your job for you and all you have to do is lend us those carbon credits you don’t even know you have," Mr Tomoana says.
He says more land is being lost out to sea because of erosion that was stolen by 19th century politician and land grabber Donald McLean.
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