Licensed Crown Forests

View summary of forest area and allocationsWhat is forest land under the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS)?

Under the ETS, forest land is defined as being at least 1 hectare with forest species that has, or is likely to have, tree crown cover with an average width of more than 30% on each hectare.

Forest species are trees capable of reaching five metres in height at maturity in the place that they are growing, excluding tree species grown primarily for the production of fruit and nut crops.


What is pre-1990 forest land?

Pre-1990 forest is land that was in forest on 31 December 1989 and remained in predominantly exotic forest on 31 December 2007.  Indigenous forest is not subject to the rules of the ETS and therefore is not pre-1990 forest.


How many New Zealand Units (NZUs) are allocated to Crown forest licensed (CFL) land?

The Climate Change Response Act provided for 18 NZUs per hectare for eligible pre-1990 Crown Forest Licensed (CFL) land transferred on or after 1 January 2008.

Seven NZUs per hectare were transferred into the FEUT holding account in the first instance.  The remaining 11 NZUs/ha were transferred in 2013.

The table below summarises the number of NZUs allocated to each of the 47 forests and held on trust by FEUT.  Each forest also shows a map of the eligible pre-1990 forest land for which the allocation of NZUs applies.  This table is updated as the FEUT progresses through the application and allocation process.

The number of hectares of pre-1990 forest land for which the FEUT applied for NZUs is based on an independent analysis of eligible land undertaken by Indufor Asia Pacific.  For the most part the areas of pre-1990 forest land initially mapped by MAF GIS experts corresponded with the FEUT’s independent analysis.


Tree weed exemption for Karioi Forest

The FEUT applied to MAF for a Tree Weed Exemption over 140 hectares of land which had been cleared of Pinus contorta (lodgepole pine) and was also mapped as eligible pre-1990 forest land.  MAF advised that the application would be considered in early July 2012 and that any areas of Karioi Forest that received a Tree Weed Exemption would be deducted from the notice of final determination.  Consequently, decisions on the final allocation of NZUs for Karioi Forest and the transfer of NZUs into the FEUT Holding Account were not made until late July 2012.

Summary of forest areas and allocationdownload
Name and number of Crown Forest Licence Area in Licence as at Jan 2008 (Hectares) Pre-1990 Forest Area (Hectares) Pre-1990 Forest to Total Licence Area (%) Number of hectares applied for Eligible pre-1990 forest as assessed by MAF (Hectares) MAF's Final Determination (NZUs) Number of NZUs Transferred to FEUT Number of NZUs Distributed by FEUT Residual number of NZUs held by FEUT
ATHENREE (16)1,314.21975.7274.297697617,5686,83200
AUPOURI (1)22,659.8020,726.1091.520,72620,726373,068145,08200
ERUA (41)183.9083.8345.684841,51258800
ESK (38)7,558.456,297.5883.36,2986,298113,36444,08600
GLENBERVIE (4)9,220.077,234.1178.57,2347,232130,17650,62400
GOLDEN BAY (52)392.08325.59833263265,8682,28200
GOLDEN DOWNS EAST (54)17,622.8615,785.8789.615,75215,752283,536110,26400
GOLDEN DOWNS WEST (54)23,688.9819,404.3981.919,40419,404349,272135,82800
GWAVAS (40)8,425.956,835.8581.16,8366,836123,04847,85200
HIRA (57)4,646.203,972.5485.53,9733,97371,51427,81100
KARIOI (42)11,018.079,853.3789.49,8539,8390000
KAUAERANGA (13)347.32290.1283.52902905,2202,03000
KAWEKA (39)7,521.766,798.2690.46,7986,798122,36447,58600
LISMORE HILL (44)4,848.734,677.2596.54,6774,67784,18632,73900
LISMORE SAND (45)975.34940.4796.493994817,0646,63600
MANAKAU (49)448.50294.3265.62942945,2922,05800
MANGAOKEWA (26)1,176.38754.6464.175575513,5905,28500
MANGATU (34)12,475.9111,262.2190.311,26211,262202,71678,83400
MANGAWHAI SOUTH (6)753.99691.1991.773169012,4204,83000
MARAMARUA (11)5,698.205,237.9791.95,2385,23894,28436,66600
MOHAKA (37)15,484.7814,409.7193.114,22714,227256,0860995890
MOTUEKA (53)5,729.744,123.63724,1244,12374,21428,86100
NGAUMU (51)14,722.0012,439.3684.512,43912,438223,88487,06600
OTANGAROA (2)3,821.362,742.0471.82,7422,74249,35619,19400
PATUNAMU (36)4,083.233,924.3496.13,9243,92470,63227,46800
PIRONGIA (24)298.72273.3591.52732734,9141,91100
PUREORA NORTH (27)1,492.001,342.37901,3421,34224,1569,39400
QUEEN CHARLOTTE (58)2,674.941,891.2270.71,8891,88934,00213,22300
RAI (56)9,233.528,016.9286.88,0178,015144,27056,10500
RIVERHEAD (8)3,808.483,751.9798.53,7533,75367,55426,27100
ROTOEHU WEST (17)3,450.002,335.5167.72,3362,31941,74216,23300
RUATORIA (32)13,540.6412,130.8189.612,13112,131218,3580849170
SANTOFT (46)4,477.624,131.2592.34,2474,24776,44629,729201259604
TAIRUA (15)12,888.7410,531.3781.710,53110,531189,55873,71700
TANGIMOANA (47)845.63817.5796.781881814,7245,72600
TAWARAU (25)1,676.711,347.8980.41,3481,34824,2649,43600
TE WERA (43)4,415.923,245.7373.53,2463,24658,42822,72200
TOKOMARU (33)11,098.409,796.7088.39,7979,797176,3460685790
WAIHOU (14)1,899.391,526.5980.41,5271,52727,48610,68900
WAIMEA (55)4,435.933,586.8480.93,5873,58764,56625,10900
WAIRAU (59)9,453.508,596.2290.98,5968,594154,69260,15800
WAITANGI (3)2,224.722,009.0090.32,0092,00936,16214,06300
WAITARERE (48)2,056.522,007.0497.62,0072,00736,12614,04900
WHANGAMATA (60)286.34253.7088.62542544,5721,77800
WHANGAPOUA (12)10,557.988,576.2981.28,6058,605154,89060,23500
WHARERATA (35)8,011.707,291.95917,3357,335132,03051,34500
WOODHILL (7)12,427.0010,697.1686.110,69710,697192,54674,87900
Last updated 03/09/2012