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Over 268,000 plants in the ground this year


Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has supported the planting of over 268,000 trees, shrubs, flaxes and grasses this financial year.

Around 85 percent of the plants are natives, planted for riverbank protection on the Heretaunga Plains and in Central Hawke’s Bay, and to support the restoration of Ahuriri estuary, Lake Tūtira, and Whakaki, Wairoa.

The remaining 15 percent of the plants are young Poplar and Willow tree stems, known as poles, that are used for erosion control, shelter belts, livestock shade and drought fodder on private farm land.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chair Hinewai Ormsby says: “This is an amazing effort by the Regional Council in partnership with community groups, landowners and iwi. 

What is particularly pleasing is that the large majority of these plants are new plantings, with a smaller proportion being replanting to fix cyclone damage.”

“Of particular note are the number of Poplar and Willow poles we have planted this season with over 35,000 poles planted to help prevent erosion in the region.  This is quite remarkable given how damaged our Pole nursery was after the cyclone,” says Mrs Ormsby.

“We are also very pleased that our native plant riverbank protection trial at Ngatarawa has continued to show promise. The initial 37,000 native plantings were under a meter of water for over a week and have survived well.

The further 7,000 native plants we have just got in the ground in August will add to this trial,” says Mrs Ormsby.

Mrs Ormsby says, “These plantings are supporting our recovery as a region and are a critical part of building environmental resilience to future climate events. We are very pleased with this overall result and look to build on it next year.”

Further information

Further information

  • A total of 268,462 plantings have occurred across the programmes below.
  • 85 percent of the trees were native.
  • The Erosion Control Scheme plantings include 35,500 Willow and Poplar poles, of which 25000 were supplied by the Council’s nursery.




Rowing Club, Clive

Flood Scheme protection in Heretaunga and CHB


River Road, Lower Tukituki


Hohepa, Ngaruroro


EIT, Tutaekuri


Waiohiki, Tutaekuri


River Road, Upper Tukituki


Ford Road, Upper Tukituki




Taradale berm


Karamu stream

Open Spaces



Environmental enhancement and protection


Whakaki, Wairoa

Fresh Water Improvement Fund



Erosion Control Scheme


Need more info?

Contact Communications Advisor Brendon Lane| Phone 027 320 3523

6 September 2023

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