Ngā kaupapa: Environment, Flooding, Politics

Ka noho haepapa ngā kamupene ngahere ki te horapatanga o ngā rākau i te waipuke ki Te Tairāwhiti - Minita Take Taiao

Talisa Kupenga
  • Te Tai Rāwhiti

Kei te karanga te haukainga o te Tairawhiti kia whakapakari ake te ture ki ngā pakihi ngahere kia tiakina te taiao, nga awa, te whenua hoki i te para rākau, whai muri te tino waipuke ki Uawa. He hiahia hoki kia noho ko te haurua o ngā rakau ki te kaupapa piriona rākau he rākau Māori, egari te whakahē a te Kāwanatanga.

He petihana tata ki te rua mano waitohu te kaha kia arotakehia te kaupapa piriona rākau.

Ko tā Manu Caddie kainoho ki Ruatorea "the Billion Trees Project at this stage seems to only be looking at around 13-percent of the trees being native that means that the vast majority will be exotics likely to be harvested on a 20-30-year cycle and each time they are harvested we get these erosion and slash issues."

Ko tā te Minita Take Taiao a David Parker "there is a real problem on the East Coast with slash getting into waterways. It's not just the Tolaga Bay area I've seen it myself around the Mahia Peninsula where the river comes down there and there is some terrible forestry practice."

Ko te whakatau a Parker e kore e taea te whakatipu he rima tekau ōrau ngā rākau Māori, engari ko tā te Minita Take Ngahere a Shane Jones ma te wā pea ka kitea.

"I te mutunga e hia ake te paeheneti ma te wa e titiro. Ko te tikanga kei te hunga no ratou te whenua me te hiahia ano hoki a te kaunihera o tena rohe te mahi tahi me matou.

Head of Te Uru Rākau Julie Collins told Te Kāea there is no set target for native plantings.

Ko tā te Kaiarahi o Te Uru Rākau a Julie Collins kaore rātou kia whakatū tētahi taumata mo ngā rākau Māori.

"We would estimate at this stage that around half of new plantings through the One Billion Trees Programme would be native trees, but as we have said, the focus is on the right trees in the right places, not a specific number of specific tree types.”

Ko tā Caddie "what we'd need to see first is some real investment in commercialising natives. To incentivise it for landowners there need to be some financial returns.

E ai ki a Parker kei ngā pakihi ngāhere te kaha ki te kawe i tēnei ahua . He tini nga para rākau i kati i ngā kōawa, i taupare i nga hanganga ka horapa ki te tai tahuna o Uawa whai muri ngā waipuke i tēnei wiki.

Ko tā Jones "koira tētahi mahi hei titro ma mātou pēna he rāwekenga mahi ngā ritenga rānei e meatia ana ngā kamupene whai ngahere ki te rohe o Te Tairawhiti

Ko tā Caddie "this is one of the times where life was potentially at risk because of the practices on the land and what happened with the slash. That's going to be exacerbated as the climate changes and the forestry industry ramps up and that's a worry for East Coast residents.

Ko tā Caddie me whakapakari ake nga ture whakatipu rākau. E ai ki a Parker hei tēra tau ka arotakehia te taumata i whakatūhia e te kāwanatanga o mua, i te tuwhwera i tēra marama.