Funded Hill Country Erosion programmes
The Hill Country Erosion (HCE) fund has supported programmes since 2007. Search for details of a particular programme or read our summary of current programmes.
About the HCE Fund
The HCE Fund is a partnership between MPI, regional councils, and landowners that aims to:
- plan for and treat erosion-prone land
- put sustainable land management practices in place.
Find HCE programme information
MPI's funding activity database contains detailed information about supported Hill Country Erosion (HCE) programmes since 2007. Select 'Hill Country Erosion Fund' from the fund drop-down list for the list of projects.
Summary of current programmes
Under previous funding, SLUI supported development of whole farm plans to manage erosion on farms with highly erodible land. Under the current programme, Horizons is focusing on completing work started in previous funding rounds – including targeting priority farms and land types.
Case studies will be carried out that will review on-farm work programmes and look at options for landowner use of marginal lands.
|HCE grant||$5.87 M||$7.62 M||$4.76 M|
|Total budget||$23 M||$27 M (approx.)||$30.76 M|
|Area treated||2,752 ha||16,894 ha||6,613 ha (years 1-2)|
South Taranaki Regional Erosion Support Scheme (STRESS) funding is provided through Taranaki Regional Council's Sustainable Land Management Programme (SLMP). Under the programme, the council uses farm plans to work with landowners on erosion management. The programme has resulted in 430 farm and agroforestry plans covering 203,469 hectares of privately owned land in the hill country.
|HCE grant||$1.06 M||$1.21 M|
|Total budget||$3 M (approximately)||$3.23 M|
|Area treated||4,372 ha||1,997 ha (years 1-2)|
There are 63,000 hectares of erodible land to treat in the Wellington region, mainly in the Wairarapa. The Wellington Regional Erosion Control Initiative (WRECI) programme treats land using:
- poplar and willow planting
- woodlot establishment (areas of woodland or forest)
- land retirement from production to revert to native bush.
These treatments are provided through a farm planning process with support from the council's land management advisors who advise on best practice for landowners.
|HCE grant||$0.99 M||$1.15 M|
|Total budget||$2 M (approx.)||$3.58 M|
|Area treated||872 ha||815 ha (years 1-2)|
The Hawke's Bay region contains areas with high erosion rates that are priorities for soil conservation work. Sediment loss is also the major factor affecting water quality in these areas.
The current programme continues earlier hill country erosion control work in these areas with a focus on 2 northern Hawke's Bay catchments:
Hawke's Bay Regional Council also invests in related catchment management priorities, including other factors affecting water quality.
|HCE grant||$0.72 M||$0.36 M|
|Total budget||$1.24 M||$0.93 M|
|Area treated||411 ha||41 ha (years 1-2)|
The Kaipara Hill Country Erosion Project aims to reduce sedimentation of the Kaipara Harbour by targeting high erosion risk areas in the Kaipara catchment.
- poplar trials and research
- an economic analysis of change from marginal grazing hill country to more sustainable land use options
- planting of 3,600 poplars annually
- a target of 60 or more properties being actively managed by the end of the project.
|HCE grant||$0.67 M|
|Total budget||$3.65 M|
|Area treated||190 ha (years 1-2)|
The Waikato region includes over 1,000,000 hectares that are affected to some degree by erosion.
This programme is implementing a soil conservation and sustainable land management programme in the western hill country of the Waikato region, which has the most pastoral land at risk of erosion.
The programme will benefit primary production through reduction in soil loss, as well as improving productivity of the hill country, stock retention, water quality, biodiversity, and landscapes.
|HCE grant||$0.63 M|
|Total budget||$2.31 M|
|Area treated||375 ha (years 1-2)|
This project engaged with landowners in the Waipaoa catchment to promote soil conservation works that weren't:
- in the East Coast Forestry Project
- on land where tree planting is required under Gisborne District Council's District Plan.
It identified eroding sites of priority to the Waipaoa River Flood Control Scheme and sought support from landowners for practical treatment options. The Waipaoa River Flood Control Scheme protects the intensively farmed land on the lower flats but it is vulnerable to aggradation (build-up of deposited sediment) caused by upper catchment soil erosion.
MPI supports Gisborne District Council's wider erosion control work through the Erosion Control Funding Programme.
|HCE grant||$0.1 M|
|Total budget||$0.1 M|
The New Zealand Poplar and Willow Research Programme develops commercial poplar and willow cultivars. The programme develops willow and poplar genetic material to protect erosion-prone soils – particularly on pastoral hill country slopes.
The 3 key objectives of the programme were:
- maintaining and enhancing poplar and willow genetic stock
- breeding new varieties
- transferring technology to regional councils.
|HCE grant||$0.65 M|
|Total budget||$1.28 M|
Find out more
- Review of knowledge on erosion processes, mitigation options, social learning, and their longterm effectiveness in the management of hill country erosion [PDF, 4.6 MB]
- Economic costs of hill country erosion and benefits of mitigation in New Zealand: Review and recommendation of approach [PDF, 1.7 MB]
- Using deferred grazing to improve pasture on sheep and beef farms [PDF, 228 KB]
- Hill country erosion: Stabilising land on Mangapapa Station, Waitotara [PDF, 296 KB]
- Focus on resilience: Farming on steep Hawke's Bay hills [PDF, 315 KB]
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