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Role & purpose

Tāne’s Tree Trust’s vision is to see the majority of New Zealand landowners successfully planting and sustainably managing indigenous trees for multiple uses. The objectives of the Trust are:

  • Promotion of indigenous forestry as an attractive land use option by consolidating and advancing the state of knowledge of indigenous tree species through research and practical demonstration.
  • Maximising economic incentives for establishing indigenous forests including reducing the cost of establishment and early management.
  • Resolving any legal or other obstacles to the planting and management of indigenous trees.
  • Encouraging and facilitating knowledge-sharing amongst stakeholders and interest groups.

For further information on the structure and objectives of the trust refer to this chapter (PDF, 710 KB) in the Tāne’s Tree Trust Technical Handbook.

Collaborators and funding

Tāne’s Tree Trust collaborates with and complements a range of forestry and environmental interest groups including the NZ Forest Owners Association; the Indigenous Forestry Section, NZ Farm Forestry Association; NZ Institute of Forestry; Nga Whenua Rahui; Project Crimson Trust; Kauri 2000 Trust; Trees for Survival Trust; NZ Landcare Trust; Montfort Trimble Foundation; research providers both Crown Research Institutes and the tertiary education sector; and regional and district councils.

Our funding comes from membership, donations (including Give-a-Little) and legacies, and from various sources for specific research projects and technology transfer. Direct and in-kind funding for projects is provided by central Government departments (e.g. the Sustainable Farming Fund of the Ministry for Primary Industries), various environmental trusts (e.g. Foundation North (formerly ASB Community Trust), Reconnecting Northland), and local authorities (e.g. Regional Councils).

Planting and natural regeneration

While a substantial focus is on encouraging successful establishment of indigenous forest by planting, the opportunities to encourage natural regeneration and potential management of indigenous species is also a feature of the work of Tāne’s Tree Trust. One major initiative that the trust has been involved in is the facilitation of the Northland Totara Working Group (NTWG) in collaboration with NZ Landcare Trust and other stakeholders. The aim of the NTWG is to promote the management of naturally regenerating second-growth totara-dominant forest on farmland in Northland. Refer to the NTWG page for further details.

Strategic Plan

Tāne’s Tree Trust Strategic Plan can be found here (PDF, 652 KB).