20 Sep 2018

Native trees: enough to meet demand?

From Nine To Noon, 9:22 am on 20 September 2018
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Photo: NZPPI

Chief Executive of New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated Matthew Dolan talks Kathryn Ryan through concerns over supplying enough native seedlings for the One Billion Trees programme.  

A greater proportion of indigenous trees are to be planted in the Minster for Regional Economic Development's plan, thanks to a $240m funding boost from the Provincial Growth Fund.

  MPI's forestry service Te Uru Rākau is talking with industry body NZPPI about helping nurseries respond to the demand.  But NZPPI says while Shane Jones' ten year programme is an exciting opportunity for native tree nurseries, the challenge will be scaling up.