9 Aug 2013

Iwi and council team up to plant native trees in Ohope

10:21 am on 9 August 2013

Local iwi and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council are teaming up to plant native trees along the Maungateone stream in Ohope.

It's part of an enhancement project by Ngati Awa, which owns the 1200-hectare farm the stream runs through. The cost is being shared by the tribe and the council, which aims to restore water quality and erosion damage caused by bad weather.

Ngati Awa environmental manager Ray Thompson says it's been great to see iwi and local government working together to preserve land, operating the farm in a sustainable manner that's in line with Ngati Awa tikanga.

Mr Thompson says the trees will be planted on Sunday - the first of many small projects over the next few years.