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The Detail – a podcast from RNZ/ Newsroom: Planting a billion trees by 2028 the positive + the negative


A Podcast from RNZ and Newsroom

This podcast was summarised on the RNZ website thus:

What’s not to love about a billion trees?

Plenty, if you farm in rural New Zealand. For a start, trees require land.

And it’s the fear that farmland will be turned into pine forest that has some worried about the government’s ambitious target of getting a billion trees in the ground by 2028.

MP Shane Jones, the self-proclaimed champion of the regions, is spear-heading the scheme, which is funded through the Provincial Growth Fund.

“It’s going to bring marginal land into production… and it’s a big fat tick for climate change,” says Jones.

Landowners wanting in on the scheme can access grants from the $240 million pot which has been set aside.


According to Newsroom,

Newsroom has been commissioned by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund to produce a new daily news podcast designed to explain the stories behind the headlines. 

Called ‘The Detail’, it aims to help listeners dive deeper into the big stories to help give an understanding of what’s really going on. We will pick out the news that matters and explain it in detail and in context.

The Detail will be fronted by journalists Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton, and produced by Alexia Russell. We will be drawing on not only Newsroom’s award-winning journalists, but the best reporters from throughout the country; along with experts in their fields.


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