Human sustainability cannot exist without environmental sustainability, and the value of trees extends considerably beyond their direct economic benefits … Trees are also big business … Hawke’s Bay accounts for about 65% of NZ apple exports exceeding $700 million annually, forestry makes up about $5 billion (3% of GDP).
Notable and heritage trees are many decades in the making and not easily replicated. When felled, they often leave a hole environmentally and socially, that is not easily backfilled.
The Havelock North Keirunga oaks have triggered the latest local debate Facebook.com/savethetreesHB Council proposed felling about 46 oaks, many of which are over 80 years of age.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council with Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi signed the Kahutia Accord to set out to plant 100,000 hectares of Hawke’s Bay land by 2030. Read more in the article … [PDF above]