Te Arawa Fisheries’ journey to offset emissions and plant regenerating trees and native forests that have long-lasting benefits for whānau for generations to come.


Like every business, trust and organisation, Te Arawa Fisheries has carbon emissions. However, unlike other operations, we have the opportunity to offset our discharge in such a way that can support our iwi and our whānau.

Doing our bit to address climate change is important to us. As part of our Climate Change Strategy, we are embarking on a significant kaupapa to offset our emissions by growing trees on Māori land for carbon credits, providing benefits for everyone involved, as well as the wider community.

Carbon credits have a tangible value through the Emissions Trading Scheme. One carbon credit represents one tonne of carbon dioxide (or equivalent for other greenhouse gases). Carbon credits can then be sold to companies who need them to meet their carbon offset obligations.

Preserving our planet for future generations is the number one goal of this kaupapa and permanent regenerating forests is our way forward. Forests provide a safe haven for our endangered wildlife and native flora to rejuvenate, while they also enhances our environment by stabilising the land and preventing runoff into waterways.

We are partnering with Māori land owners to turn under-utilised land into permanent rejuvenating, native forests that will offset our carbon emissions, provide a return to the landowner, create local jobs and protect our environment for the future.

"Preserving our planet for future generations is the number one goal of this kaupapa and permanent regenerating forests is our way forward."


Te Arawa Fisheries is working with New Zealand Carbon Farming to deliver this kaupapa. NZ Carbon Farming is 100 percent New Zealand owned and operated and is now the largest provider of carbon credits in Australasia.
The New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) is the Government’s main tool for meeting domestic and international climate change targets. The scheme aims to encourage people to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The NZ ETS puts a price on greenhouse gas emissions. It creates a financial incentive for:
  • Businesses to reduce their emissions
  • Landowners to earn money by planting forests that absorb carbon dioxide as the trees grow
  • Under-utilised, less productive land where forests can be established and trees will grow
  • Land eligible under the Emissions Trading Scheme (i.e. not already forested prior to 1990 and grassland post 1989)
  • Particularly includes steep, erosion-prone land
  • 100ha or greater
NZ Carbon Farming and Te Arawa Fisheries will work with you and/or your Trust (the landowner) to identify if your land is eligible under the Emissions Trading Scheme. We’ll then work together to establish and manage the forest, including land clearing, seedling supply, planting, pest management etc. Overall, the process means:
  1. You get better value from less productive land
  2. We pay to plant and establish your forest
  3. We manage and maintain the forest
  4. We own the carbon credits generated during the lease period
  5. We sell the carbon credits and pay an annual rental to you
  6. We deal with MPI and Emissions Trading Scheme
  7. You inherit a forest at the end of the lease
At the end of the lease term, you own the trees and can harvest or decide to keep it as a permanent forest. A permanent forest can continue to generate income from carbon.
Typically, 16 -20 years, though this can depend on the tree species and expected harvest age of the forest.
More can be done with under-utilised land and landowners can plan for long-term land use and economic and environmental returns. As a landowner, this could mean:
  • A better economic return on your under-utilised land than if it was used for farming
  • Long term yield horizon – 30+ years
  • Zero owner capital required
  • Creating employment and education in the regions for our people
  • Improving waterways and biodiversity
  • Strong and enduring environmental assets


If you have 100ha of eligible land that and are interested in being part of this kaupapa, contact Chris Karamea Insley at Te Arawa Fisheries.