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130,000 Hawke's Bay hectares are under pines, owned by private companies, tangata whenua, investors, individual landowners and a small amount by Hawke's Bay Regional Council.

Logging at Tangoio and Tūtira 2020-21

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will be logging pine forest in the Tangoio Soil Conservation Reserve and building roads and skid sites in the Tūtira Regional Park pine forest between November 2020 and June 2021.

Traffic delays can be expected, and we ask road users to keep an eye on the Transport Agency’s website for updates [link].

To manage health and safety risks, we will be closing the Tangoio Walkway, Tangoio Falls Track, and parts of the Tūtira Walkway. We ask everyone to follow signage to keep themselves safe. Entering any of these tracks during this period is an offence under the Walking Access Act (2008) and is strictly prohibited.

Access through the Tūtira Regional Park to the Lake, Camp ground and surrounding area will be unaffected by logging and the Camp ground will remain open.

For any enquiries contact Ben Douglas on 027 706 7455 or

Tangoio Tutira looging

Regional Council Owned Forests

The Regional Council owns forests at Māhia, Tūtira Regional Park and nearby Waihapua, Waipawa and Waipukurau.  This mix of forests includes over 50 forest tree species, including pinus radiata, cedars, cypresses, redwoods, eucalypts, mixed natives and mānuka for honey. The Regional Council’s forest crop was valued at $3.8 million in 2016.

The Regional Council also manages the Tangoio Soil Conservation Reserve, which is a Crown-owned forest area and is part of the rohe of Maungaharuru Tangitū hapu.

Forestry Internship

Young people and forests go together! Each summer, 8 students have a forest internship experience at Tangoio and across Hawke's Bay with Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.  They enjoy working in a values based team to develop work readiness and leadership skills, while tackling old man’s beard and other pest plants in the forests.

Environmental Management

New National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) took effect from 1 May 2018. The NES-PF have standardised conditions and consent requirements across all regions of New Zealand, to increase certainty and efficiency in plantation forestry, while maintaining or improving environmental outcomes. the Regional Council is working with MPI and the forestry industry to make the transition to NES-PF as smooth as possible.

To interpret your obligations under the NES-PF, you  will need to access from MPI's website:

If you have any questions about how the new NES-PF regulations apply to your forestry activities in Hawke's Bay, please get in touch with the Consents Advisor on 06 833 8090.

Check out this handy guide that we’ve created to help you understand your responsibility under the NES-PF

Forest Industry Collaboration

Many forest companies operating in Hawke’s Bay, hold independent environmental certification for their forest environmental practices. There have been many innovations over the past 30 years in the environmental aspects of forestry practice and forest engineering (planning and building of roads and skid sites).  The Hawke’s Bay Forestry Group represents the sector to address local issues of shared importance.

Membership includes all larger forest owners with plantations in the region and major forest investment and management companies. Members work together on projects relating to policy development, forestry as a career path, and enhancing environmental performance within the industry. the Regional Council is a member of this group.

Right Tree Right Place

The Regional Council is currently assessing what it can do to improve erodible land around Hawke’s Bay. Potential benefits of planting erodible land with certain trees include improving financial returns from the land, increasing habitat for native species such as kiwi, and reducing the sediment run off into Hawke’s Bay waterways.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is working with Te Uru Rakau through the One Billion Trees Fund, which represents a unique opportunity for regions to look at forestry opportunities. You can find more information on the One Billion Trees fund, including examples of regional investment.

Summary report: Planting eroding hill country in the Hawke’s Bay Region

Who to contact and how to apply

For NES-PF related enquiries, and to access NES-PF forms contact Steve Sykes or call 0272261793. If you wish to apply online you can do so online here.

For all other forest related enquiries (other than NES-PF), please contact Ben Douglas – or phone 0277067455.


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