Goff releases Million Trees Programme policy
Mayoral candidate Phil Goff has today released the first part of his environmental policy which will see a million extra trees and shrubs planted in and around the Auckland region to address environmental concerns and increase green cover.
“As Mayor, I will embark on an urban forestation drive, the Million Trees Programme, which aims to plant a million, predominantly native, trees and shrubs across Auckland over the next three years,” said Phil Goff.
“The Million Trees Programme will see Auckland Council provide practical support and coordination so that current planting programmes can be expanded.
“Many organisations like schools, the Department of Conversation, private entities and NGOs, local boards and social groups, to name a few, already do great work in this space but there is a role for Council to be involved as well.
“The Million Trees Programme has a budget of $1 million a year and will be used to provide practical support but costs will be offset by partnering with businesses and iwi.
“Council will work with Local Boards and encourage them to lead tree planting projects in their communities. I want this to be a community-led programme because our local communities know best what the needs are in their areas.
“Planting more trees, especially riparian planting, will improve the health of our harbours and rivers by preventing erosion and reducing siltation in the Hauraki Gulf, the Kaipara and Manukau Harbours, and our rivers and streams.
“Afforestation will also help combat climate change and go some way towards ensuring New Zealand meets its obligations under the Paris Conference on Climate Change.
“Planting more trees will help beautify and purify our city. It is a win-win for everyone,” said Mr Goff.