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Waro Project

Waro: Helping the owners of Māori land get paid to plant trees to clean the air for generations to come.

Motu is working on the Waro Project with Hikurangi Enterprises to connect with Māori landowners. The aim of this project is to figure out how more Māori land could be used for native forest regeneration and carbon farming. The project has its own website here.

The Waro Project

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The Waro Project is a 3-year partnership (2018 – 2020) between Hikurangi Enterprises and Motu, funded by the Ministry of Primary Industries.

The goal of the Waro Project is essentially to help identify the opportunities and barriers to reforesting Māori land in Tairāwhiti with native trees with support from the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme.


Motu has created a mapping tool that Māori landowners can use to assess the eligibility of their land for Emissions Trading Scheme and Erosion Control Funding Programme funding.

Landowners can then plug these numbers into a calculator created by Motu to see an estimate of how much money they would make by re-purposing their land into forest. 

Engaging with Landowners

One of the ways the Waro Project hopes to bring economic, environment and social benefits to Māori on the East Cape is by engaging with Māori landowners interested in participating in the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme as they go through the process of putting their native forestry into the Scheme, and secure, engage and contract with buyers for the carbon credits they earn from their native forests.

As part of this project, the project team have created some videos talking with people who have already been involved in carbon farming in Tairāwhiti.

Check out what the landowner (Nikki Searancke, Chairperson of NuhutiQ) has to say.

Find out how the emitter (David Bodger, GM of Gull NZ) works with local landowners.

Discover how the consultant (Bryan McKinlay of Eastern NZ Forestry Ltd) helps.

Learn about how local government grants (Kerry Hudson from Gisborne District Council) can support entry to the emissions trading scheme.

Interested to learn more or be involved? Contact the Hikurangi Group.


Ministry for Primary Industries