Posts tagged "One Billion Trees"

Here’s why no-one wants to plant trees for $400 a day

[21 January/Stuff] Recent reports that there is a shortage of people to plant the trees required by the Government’s one billion trees programmes reflect a view amongst many New Zealanders that it is not worth taking on casual roles according to worker advocates. Pay rates in the North Island are up to 60c a tree,...

Shane Jones’ One Billion Trees bungle: Scrub, weeds mar the planting of 1 million seedlings

[13 November/NZ Herald] Official Information Act requests have highlighted that government officials ordered more than one million pine seedlings for planting on a block of land in the Far North, so choked with scrub and weed that the planting could not progress and over half the seedlings had to be destroyed.  The issues have occurred...

Shane Jones wants criminals, unemployed to plan trees

[30 August/Rural Life] Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones, said people on the dole and criminals could provide some of the labour required to implement the Government’s One Billion Trees project. He added if you could get up and go to work, you should be made to do it. He noted the forestry sector needed...