Northland: Ngati Hine Trust grows training

Wednesday 6 Mar 2019

Twenty young men from Kaikohe and Moerewa are set to start their journey in the forestry industry as trainees on the new Nga Mahuri o Ngati Hine Manuka plantation training program.

This is the first part of a 2 year program funded by the Billion Tree fund through Te Uru Rakau and supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries Economic Development Unit. Ngati Hine Forestry Trust is partnering with Johnson Contractors to deliver a “learn while you earn” approach to L2 Forestry Training.

Ngati Hine Forestry Trust Chair, Pita Tipene says “Nga Mahuri o Ngati Hine means the saplings of Ngati Hine; this is an industry training program which embodies the kaupapa of Ngati Hine Forestry Trust Mission – He Ringa Ahuwhenua, He Hanga Mahi, to actively grow our assets. These akonga (learners) are our hapu and community assets”.

Moreover, the planting of manuka is all about the Trust’s long term strategy of a mosaic approach that will see the lands being returned to native cover.

The program will see our 2019 trainees plant approx. 200ha of Manuka seedlings on Ngati Hine lands. In 2020, a course will run with another 20 trainees to plant additional Ngati Hine lands up to a total of 400 ha.

Jack Johnson of Johnson Contractors is an experienced industry based trainer. “Partnering with Ngati Hine Forestry Trust is an exciting opportunity for us; trainees will strengthen their connection to Te Ao Maori, receive wrap around pastoral support and learn while they earn”.

The programme launched on Monday Otiria Marae in Moerewa where trainees, whanau, partners and industry stakeholders gather to celebrate the commencement of the new initiative.

Source: Scoop news

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