Partnership offerings


Building community

Tāmata Hauhā works in partnership with landowners, to help turn your unproductive and marginal lands into profitable holdings. We do this by planting forests and utilising the financial returns from the carbon Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

The profitable holdings created utilising the ETS are then able to support the whānau/community through employment, wellbeing, as well as acting as security in developing other parts of your land to support areas such as horticulture, apiculture, agroforestry, floriculture, and rongoa.

The current Māori whenua estate is marginal, mostly made up of lands that were not as desirable for colonialists. But while at one stage the land was considered unproductive, the ETS has made it a very desirable resource; utilising the carbon opportunity this land affords, puts it on an equal footing, and an opportunity to use it to generate cashflow for your other valuable assets and whānau.

By developing forests on this land – firstly exotics and then natives – we turn it into a productive asset for you, the landowner. You provide the land, Tāmata Hauhā provides all the finances and carries the financial risk.

Once entered into the ETS, you as landowner, will receive 50% of the profits for 16-20 years and then 100% after that. At this point the agreement often ends with the management of the forest returning to the whānau. For additional comfort, we are also able to partner to provide additional or ongoing support for landowners, particularly around ensuring that your forestry estate is being looked after for the long-term. We want to ensure that you can take comfort in such long-term proposals as kaitiaki; able to pass the land over to future generations in a state you can be proud of.

In short, you do not have to front up with any money and you will receive half the returns – which are far greater than many marginal sheep and beef operations utilising marginal land.

Planting forests and making use of the carbon through the ETS is far better use of marginal land than leasing it out or watching it be degraded. And the profits all end up in the hands of you, the landowners!


Korero and the many cups of tea

In order to utilise Māori land to its best advantage Tāmata Hauhā firstly engages with you, the landowner, either individuals, incorporated groups, whanau or iwi/hapū, to create a partnership.

To create this partnership the Tāmata Hauhā whānau are happy to engage and korero with you to understand your aspirations, discuss the land development opportunities that are available and develop a strategic plan to help you get there.

With staff that are Māori landowners themselves, Tāmata Hauhā appreciate and understand landowners will be juggling a range of commitments making it hard to get everyone together at the same time to korero.

Tāmata Hauhā are happy to meet at times that suit everyone, including weekends, in order to create the space for a korero – kanohi ki te kanohi or online. In forming a partnership, no one should be left out and all landowners should be included in all levels of decision making.

Tāmata Hauhā understands that we need to align to your aspirations, that’s why these hui are so important. It is an opportunity for us to hear about you, your goals and the needs of your whānau, so we can talk through all possibilities – which may include horticulture, agroforestry and even a plan to develop papakāinga.

Nga hui is also an opportunity for Tāmata Hauhā to share with you the role of carbon as an enabler, to cut through the noise and to also explain how it can be used to develop marginal lands – not as a driver that eats up all available land.

Once the hui have been held, Tāmata Hauhā will undertake an independent carbon eligibility check on the whenua – which would be at no cost to you. We will then provide you with a range of options on how best to develop your land to take advantage of the carbon credits available through the Emissions Trading Scheme.


Te tutohu

If the outcomes of the korero and the options coming from the carbon check are agreeable to yourself as landowner, then the following process will take place.

Step 1.

Tāmata Hauhā will sign a provisional agreement as a letter of intent, clearly setting out the process moving forward. These letters of intent are not legally binding and have been developed for greater clarity and putting our korero on paper.

Step 2.

Once all parties are happy with this agreement then a contract will be developed with a short- term lease sought over the plantable area. This lease lasts only until the planting is complete and then approval for the next stage will be sought.

Step 3.

Once the planting of the whenua is complete, Tāmata Hauhā will seek a forestry right for the partnership period, giving us the ability to enter the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and giving us the authority to manage the forestry and the carbon credit units generated on your behalf.

Step 4.

The carbon credit units (NZU) will then be traded on the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) secondary market. Those who purchase carbon credits in this market are emitters and at-risk companies. During the period of this agreement, landowners will receive all the transactions details of the carbon credits traded to ensure Tāmata Hauhā’s management is fully transparent.


Often the longest way round is often the quickest way there!

Once the partnership is formed, Tāmata Hauhā will administer and manage the whole land development operation.

We plant the forest and then maintain it by carrying out pest control, thinning and pruning. Tāmata Hauhā will take care of all administration and paper work, including insurance, the ETS and selling the carbon units.

Tāmata Hauhā has the resources and seedling supply to confidently plant and manage some 75,000 hectares. The initial planting would be predominantly an exotic mix of species, with indigenous plantations occurring around waterways or areas of significant habitat.

Whether for carbon forestry or timber production, the partnership agreement has you providing the land and Tāmata Hauhā providing the finances and carrying the financial risk.

Tāmata Hauhā want to acknowledge that we have shared aspirations to be planting 100% native forestry – as Māori we whakapapa back to them! However, it should be noted that the returns from exotic forests are up to ten times greater than those from native forests.

That is why Tāmata Hauhā believes if landowners start with exotics and slowly transition to include more natives, they will greatly increase the outcomes of these projects. For example, over a 30-year period, landowners would likely see $24,000 more as returns per hectare from exotic forests than natives. Ensuring the resourcing to invest in our social needs as well as being able to invest in people as outcomes.

It will take time, but in the end the whenua will be restored for mana whenua with prosperity in tow.

Ko te huarahi roa rawa atu, ko te huarahi tere, ki reira – Often the longest way round is often the quickest way there!