Stop Comercial pine planting in Marahau, Abel Tasman

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The safe future of our valleys around Marahau is under terrible threat if the planting of new pine forest were to happen again.

The good news is, together we have an amazing chance to protect our surrounding environment and lead the way for other communities to do the same. For this to happen we need to convince the Tasman District Council, who are currently in the process of reviewing new long-term plan submissions, to adopt a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach and to absolutely abandon consents granted for pine or monoculture forest planting around our community at the entrance of Abel Tasman National Park.

We must convince the three Iwi who own land around Marahau and contract it out for forestry, to do the right thing for the future of their land, for the future of the communities surrounding their lands and for their own legacy.

We believe the right thing to do is to let these lands return to native bush or have the landowners plant native trees or Manuka for honey and oil production in place of the pine as this conversion has been done successfully in other parts of New Zealand.

We urgently need your help to get behind us and support our goal which is to submit signatures to the Tasman District Council to stop further forestry in this area.

Why Now?

Following cyclone Gita, Marahau has been badly affected. The recent harvesting of pine forest in various areas of Marahau laid the land bare and extremely vulnerable to erosion.  The worst happened when cyclone Gita dumped huge rains causing numerous landslips where the pines had been harvested. Timber waste and brash left behind by the loggers created dams which then burst to create damaging flood surges. Thousands of cubic meters of logs and pine slash have been dumped in the valleys, several landslips have cause houses to be wiped out on the way, leaving our pristine coastal area at the entrance of the Abel Tasman National park, an important tourist attraction, looking like a war zone.

Locals can attest that the same terrible fate occurred 25-30 years ago when the mature pines were harvested. The geological nature of our land is separation point granite and is unsuitable for the plantation of pines. Signs of erosion and slips were already apparent before Gita struck, with 20 year old pines uprooting on the edges of the gullies. Please note that large storms with rainfalls over 160mm, of which Marahau experience 3-4 times a year, have the potential to cause the same havoc we have just undergone.