[09 April/The Country]

Two Northland bodies will plant 2843 hectares of trees planted on the Pouto Peninsula in Kaipara as part of the Government’s One Billion Trees programme. Forestry Minister Shane Jones states that this will provide much-needed jobs and social benefits. The programme is starting to pay dividends in Northland, with 20 young men from Kaikohe and Moerewa last month starting the new Nga Mahuri o Ngati Hine Manuka Plantation Training Programme. During the program they will earn while they learn.