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Northland Regional Council Media Release: 3 November 2021

Northland Regional Council has been awarded $1.3 million of funding for 2021-22 under the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme, creating a significant opportunity to make further progress in the battle against wilding pines.

Dying wilding pines at Kauri Mountain Beach are making way for valued ecosystems, such as dunes and forests, to grow stronger. 


The funding consists of $960,000 for the Far North (Te Hiku area) and $340,000 for Whangārei Heads (including Parua Bay). In Te Hiku, the focus of this year’s control programme is the Aupouri Peninsula, including Mt Camel farms and Te Paki Station. The funding for Whangarei Heads will continue the momentum of projects already underway at various locations.

NRC will work with local iwi, private landowners, weed action groups, local communities, district councils and the Department of Conservation to carry out the work.

Northland Regional Council Chair Penny Smart says, “We’ve made a strong start to this mahi, and it’s had some great results. The brown, dying pine trees people might now see around Northland are actually excellent news for our native species. This work is also providing employment for Northlanders, including upskilling and career opportunities for rangatahi.”...

Read the full item on the Northland Regional Council website