Exotic Forestry

The Incorporation has expanded over the years, providing a link with Mangatu tribal ancestor Paoa-Tuhunga-Kiwa’s dream and discovery of a tree on a mountain (Maungahaumi).

There is a continuing story throughout the Mangatu Blocks business history of respect and value for trees and forests and our commercial interests stretch as far back as the 1940’s when the Gisborne Box Company approached Mangatu for trees for milling through the Department of Forests.

Mangatu now manages in excess of 4,500 hectares of exotic forest, much of it planted since 1995 in radiata pine and Douglas fir.

Clearing the indigenous forest cover on the Mangatu lands happened fairly quickly and, by the early 1900’s ,  much had been cleared for sheep and cattle. As a result our Indigenous forest holdings are now protected by a 50 year sustainable management programme.

John Ruru, former head of the Forest Service and Department of Conservation in Gisborne, and past member of the Mangatu Committee of Management, believes that in another 100 years the Mangatu landscape will not be covered in grass, but with “a mosaic of forest and trees”.  Mr Ruru believes that in carefully managing the land for future generations, a partly forest-clad landscape is inevitable.