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New Zealand: Restoring native forests and upskilling rangatahi

An iwi-led project in Hawke’s Bay has just received $480,560 through the One Billion Trees Fund to restore native forest and upskill rangatahi [young people].

In 2017, approximately 73 hectares of virgin native forest in the upper Ripia River catchment were severely damaged by fire. The majority of the land affected is managed by Te Matai No 1.and No 2. Trust.  A neighbouring Ahu Whenua Trust will also benefit, with 6 hectares being restored by this project.

Deputy director-general of Te Uru Rākau, Julie Collins, says funding through the One Billion Trees Partnership Fund will provide work experience and career development for up to 8 rangatahi.

Read more here.