Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Order now to secure poplar and willow poles; NRC

Order now to secure poplar and willow poles; NRC

Landowners with erosion-prone properties from Te Hana north are encouraged to get their orders into the Northland Regional Council (NRC) early for this winter’s poplar and willow planting season.

With limited pole numbers – and an increasing uptake for planting across Northland – regional councillor Rick Stolwerk says this season’s supply is already being rapidly allocated.

Councillor Stolwerk says when allocating poles, priority is given to applicants in areas the council has identified as having a high erosion risk.

“Supply of planting material is also dependant on having a NRC Farm Water Quality Improvement Plan or a specific NRC planting plan in place.”

To keep up with increasing demand, the council is continuing to expand its nursery operation, which is based south of Whangarei at Flyger Rd, Mata.

“Last year we added a further 2.8 hectares to the existing 6.3Ha nursery, with plans in our upcoming Long Term Plan to increase output of the nursery significantly to match community demand.”

Councillor Stolwerk says hill country farmers whose erosion-prone properties drain to the Kaipara Harbour are again eligible for a share of more than 3500 fully subsidised poplar poles in a joint NRC-Ministry for Primary Industries initiative.

The ‘Kaipara Hill Country Erosion Project’ is now three years into a four-year project targeting areas of high erosion risk on hill country properties in the very large greater Kaipara catchment, which drains roughly one-third of Northland.

Outside of the Kaipara initiative, the council is also offering subsidised poplars and willows from its Flyger Rd nursery to other Northland landowners keen to help control erosion and protect water quality.

Councillor Stolwerk advises anyone interested in securing the poles (either partially or fully subsidised) to contact council land management staff as soon as possible to arrange a consultation and site visit.

“This consultation is to ensure trees are planted appropriately, at the correct place and spacing , and landowners are aware of the future maintenance required for these trees.”

The council sells the 3.0-metre poles (which usually retail for up to $12 each) for a GST-exclusive $6 each – plus a small delivery fee – to the farm gate, provided landowners already have a farm water quality improvement plan or planting plan.

Councillor Stolwerk says a number of size grades are now available, from 3.0m poles down to 1.0m stakes, to cater for a range of applications and situations.

“However, this scheme is only available to those in the Northland region and projects must be for erosion prevention or control.”

The fast-growing poplars and willows have broad and binding root systems and have been used widely for many years to prevent and control erosion, and cut waterway sediment pollution.

He says interested landowners should contact the Land Management Team directly on (0800) 002 004 as soon as possible to allow time to arrange a farm visit to undertake a required planting plan.

“Orders can be made ASAP while stocks last; otherwise the closing date for orders will be Friday 04 May.

Councillor Stolwerk says the best time to plant the trees in Northland is typically from June to mid-August.

While the two species aren’t native, they’re favoured because their rapid growth rates mean they can be starting to control erosion within as little as three years.

“These trees play a pivotal role in stabilising land and slowing hillslope erosion. Erosion and resulting sedimentation of waterways and receiving harbours is one of Northland’s most problematic waterway contaminants.”

Councillor Stolwerk says everything people need to know about establishing poplars and willows is also available from the council’s website via: www.nrc.govt.nz/poplars

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Thompson+ Clark, And Russia’s FIFA World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark, which has been employed – time and again - by state agencies over the past decade, to spy on (and provide security against) ordinary New Zealanders engaged in lawful forms of protest. More>>

 

HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say! Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in urope for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>

ALSO:

Hit And Run: AG Gives Approval For Inquiry

Attorney-General David Parker has today announced a Government Inquiry will be held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation undertaken in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, ... More>>

ALSO:

Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages