April 5, 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Deforestation of lands to develop sustainable agriculture and farming in Aotearoa has seen negative effects causing hill country erosion. Waitai Petera Principle Advisory Māori Engagement at Te Uru Rākau, Ministry for Primary Products talks on the increasing frequency and severity of flooding events across the country highlighting the critical importance of Te Uru Rākau erosion control initiatives. Following the recent storm & flooding in Te Tairāwhiti leaving Tokomaru Bay split in two with damage to the bridge it has emphasized the importance of reducing erosion by planting trees. Waitai encourages whānau and iwi to consider these initiatives by contacting Te Uru Rākau to seek further advice and apply for funding to plant more trees.