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ForestryMahinga Ngahere

There are around 132,000 hectares of commercial forestry in Hawkes Bay, owned by private companies, tangata whenua, investors, individual landowners and a small amount by Hawkes Bay Regional Council

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 also manages the Tangoio Soil Conservation Reserve, which is a Crown-owned forest area and is part of the rohe of Maungaharuru Tangitū hapu. In 2020, the HBRC tree crop was valued at $5,710,600 and the Tangoio tree crop at $5,245,000

Forestry Internship

Young people and forests go together! Each summer, HBRC employs students and other young people to work in the Tangoio Soil Conservation Reserve and HBRC forests carrying out weed control, pruning and other general forestry maintenance. Find further information and express your interest here.

Environmental Management

 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

Hawkes Bay Regional Council is a member of the Hawkes Bay Forestry Group (HBFG). The HBFG is an association of the larger forest owners and managers in the region and provides a forum where members can work together to improve the industry’s environmental, social and economic performance.

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.

Find information about the Right Tree Right Place project here

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 – ben.douglas@hbrc.govt.nz or phone 0277067455.

For enquiries related to the Right Tree Right Place Project please email: righttreerightplace@hbrc.govt.nz

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