Carbon Farming Indigenous Plants

Hikurangi Group

The future of East Coast carbon farming has received a boost with a three-year research project beginning this year to identify the opportunities and barriers for reforesting Maori land.

Ruatoria charitable company Hikurangi Enterprises, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust and Victoria University of Wellington will work together on the project, which received a $375,000 grant from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Research Programme.

Hikurangi Enterprises managing director Panapa Ehau said the 2016 international Paris Agreement on climate change, which had caused carbon prices to increase, and the burgeoning manuka honey industry, provided opportunities to earn an income off native trees.

“Converting Maori land to native forest and carbon farming is a serious business opportunity worthy of study.”

The company had already been working with Maori landowners on the East Coast to identify alternative land use options to the status quo of…

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Tairāwhiti Agritech-Foodtech Conference Announced

Hikurangi Group

A recent global study on the future of meat found traditional sheep and beef farmers in the Gisborne region face a major threat from meat alternatives including plant protein and cultured meat already growing in labs around the world. Beef farmer and Nuffield Scholar Richard Fowler believes New Zealand meat farmers will have a real problem competing with these cheaper, healthier, cleaner, more environmentally sustainable alternatives.

Such challenges and opportunities are the subject of a major conference being held in Gisborne next month for Māori land owners, farmers and entrepreneurs in the Tairāwhiti region.

Some of the leading food futurists and agritech innovators in New Zealand will present along with nearly 40 inspirational presenters sharing their insights and experience at the first Māori agritech-foodtech conference in Tairāwhiti to be held in Gisborne 22-24 November.

‘Inā te Ora’ is the third event in a series of conferences organised by Hikurangi Enterprises…

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