Get tree planting advice and help
There are many organisations around the country that can help you get started with planting trees. From tree planting guides, to advice on what to plant and how to manage a forest.
Councils have information on:
- what grows well in your area on their website
- local biodiversity information
- funding native plants for community groups doing restoration planting on public land
- waterway restoration including information about community groups active in restoring waterways in your area.
Māori Land Court
If you own or have an interest in Māori land, the Māori Land Court is a judicial forum through which you can interact with other owners or interested people about the current and future use, ownership, occupation and/or management of Māori land.
Your local nursery can let you know what grows well in your area. You can also ask them for specific advice such as whether the species you have selected is poisonous.
Te Tumu Paeroa
Te Tumu Paeroa is an advisory group working with Māori landowners to make the best of their land. This might involve identifying opportunities, planning and providing ongoing support.
Whenua Oho support and assist Māori landowners into forestry opportunities. They can help you make informed decisions about how forestry, including native forests, can assist in delivering valuable outcomes socially, environmentally and commercially.
Trees That Count
Trees That Count have regional guides for planting native trees. They also provide some funding.
Tāne's Tree Trust
Tāne’s Tree Trust has a technical handbook for planting and managing native trees. They also have species profiles and other publications on native trees.
DairyNZ have regional guides for riparian planting and a riparian planner. They also have guides to planting trees on farms for specific reasons like bees or shelter.
Beef and Lamb New Zealand
Beef and Lamb New Zealand have guidance for farmers. These include fact sheets on shelter and fodder.
Poplar and Willow Research Trust
The Poplar and Willow Research Trust has information on planting poplars and willows for erosion control. These include planting videos and fact sheets.
Trees for Bees
Trees for bees have guides for planting for bees.
Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation has some local plant restoration guides.
New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
New Zealand Farm Forestry provides information for those with small forestry blocks including species, planting and management.
NZ Landcare Trust
NZ Landcare Trust works with farmers, landowners and community groups to improve the sustainability of our land and waterways.
New Zealand Institute of Forestry
The New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) provides access to professionals working across all aspects of forestry, such as forests that are used for timber production, conservation, recreation, biodiversity, carbon storage, erosion control and water quality.
Getting help with decisions about your forest
When accessing forestry services, you can check to see if anyone you access services from is on the public register of log traders and forestry advisers.
This is part of a new regulatory system for forestry advisers and log traders. Forestry advisers must be registered with the Forestry Authority by 6 August 2023. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will be processing the applications for registration on behalf of the Forestry Authority.
Registered forestry advisers must have certain experience and qualifications. They also need to follow rules like the code of ethics. This makes sure you get expert, impartial services.