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Funded by an international consortia of business and education providers such as Harvard University, New Zealand has now become the worlds’ paper and timber mill.
As a newcomer to the south-eastern neighbour to Australia, it would appear that New Zealand conservative acts are directed to the preservation of the invasive foreign species of trees known as American Pine and apparent endorsement for the widespread destruction of local native botanical genera.
This form of ecocide has been discussed for many years by such highly regarded people as Germaine Greer in 2014 in which Ms.Greer had given reason such as our insatiable ‘appetite for wood to embellish our homes’. Ms.Greer is of course very correct, also, in labeling it as “the worst threat facing subtropical rainforest” as “millions of hectares have been felled in Australia, New Zealand and Chile to make way for it.”
Aside from the recently disovered fungi such as Phytophthora Cinnamomi, associated with the now infamous condition called ‘Kauri Dieback’, which are removing these Jurassic giants, are also enabling cost-effective removal of native forests, with the profit-driven view of replacement with commercial timber plantations.
One Billion Trees Fund
The New Zealand government has been inventing new ways to increase the number of pine trees planted.
How will we meet the goal of planting 1 billion trees?
Our initial estimates suggest at least 500 million trees will be delivered through current planting rates.
The Government’s role – through Te Uru Rākau is to support increased planting of both permanent trees and plantation forests. We’ll use a mix of exotic and native tree species. The plantings will create benefits for all New Zealanders.
We’re focused on making it easier to plant trees by:
- lowering any planting barriers currently faced by landowners
- improving incentives to support the right trees, in the right place, for the right purpose.
We will also look at how we partner with New Zealanders to achieve this goal through research, innovation, and sector development initiatives.
If the New Zealand Government, headed by Labor minister Jacinda Ardern, recently crowned as one of the world’s most influential people, were serious in their efforts of planting natives in order to remove the effects of native deforestation, there would not be a NZD$40m allowance for ‘exotics’.
New Zealand does not need another 300 million pine trees to be planted. New Zealand has enough of this invasive species already, and considering the $40 million to be paid in order to further increase the number of pine, the message reflected in the premise of an $80 million dollar allowance for native species would seem to be rhetoric.