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The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
The large forestry estate, partially located in the coastal
areas between Kairaki and Waikuku, is due for harvest, which is expected to
take place next year.
Most of the Pinus Radiata trees are in excess of 25 years
old, and were originally planted with commercial harvest the end goal, as part
of the estate, which is owned by Council.
While the trees have contributed richly to the natural
habitat in the area, their age means some do have the potential to be a hazard
in the future, most notably in high winds.
Given the forestry was originally planted with a commercial
outcome in mind, maximising the return on ratepayer’s investment is one of the
driving forces behind the harvest for this activity.
Even so, Council is conscious of the potentially negative
effects for certain parts of the community, and is planning for the future
green growth potential in the area, even as plans for the intended harvest are
In consultation with the Te Kohaka O Tuhaitara Trust, which
owns some of the land on which the harvest will take place, Council is planning
already for some of the harvested areas, including along the existing trails,
to be replanted with natives species.
Preliminary discussions have also been held with the camping
grounds in the area, although these will be advanced further once a definitive
harvest and replant plan is put in place.
The adjoining map shows the 8 blocks (highlighted in yellow)
that are planned to be harvested. The map also shows camping grounds and the
coastal protection strip that is not being harvested, as well as the property
held by the Te Kohaka O Tuhaitara Trust.
Council will be engaging a professional forestry company to
undertake the harvest and re-plant.
Their task will include regular liaison with stakeholders
and the community, as well as minimising any of the potential impacts that are
associated with the process.
To find the best people available to do this, Council is
running a two-step process to select the forestry contractor.
The first step, soon to be undertaken, is an Expressions of
Among other criteria, this will focus on the capability and
strategy presented by the contractors to mitigate the variety of potential
impacts on the community as the work proceeds.
Harvesting operational activities such as traffic management
in the area, accessing times for the trucks, and what work is done when, will
all be considered as part of the tender process.
We will also be seeking any innovations the bidding
companies can bring that could help reduce ongoing impacts.
The timing and nature of the harvesting, the replanting
program, and options for fast growing wind screening areas will all be factored
in before the successful contractor is appointed.
We want your feedback as to what strategies you would like
to see put in place to help lessen the impacts of the harvest on the community.
To achieve this, Council will be consulting a range of
stakeholders within the affected coastal communities about the harvest plan,
including the local community boards and resident’s groups.
The feedback we receive will play an important part in the
finalising of the tender documentation that will direct and guide the
contractor in relation to the approach taken.
Once the applications period for interested companies has
closed, a short list of candidates will be compiled.
The evaluation of the various proposals from interested
contractors will follow.
We anticipate a number of experienced operators will offer
They will bring with them a number of techniques which will
help limit the impacts on the community as the work is carried out.
The call for Expressions of Interest goes out later this
We expect to begin consultation with stakeholders and the
wider community through August and September, with the feedback being
incorporated into the final tender document of the successful company.
The successful tender will then go before Council to be
assessed at one of the October or November meetings, before the contract is
It is unlikely that the actual harvest itself will occur
until the autumn of 2018, with the replanting programme following.