Planning on poles?

Pānui Taiao - July 2021

Space planted poplar and willow poles provide effective and versatile erosion control for landowners.

Modern varieties have a non-suckering, upright growth habit, making them an excellent choice for erodible pasture land and unstable riparian margins.

We're now taking orders for poplar and willow poles for the winter planting season.

Harvest at the Waerenga-o-kuri nursery begins this month, with pole material available for collection from July to September. We encourage you to get your orders in early as supply is limited.

You can order poplar and willow poles, the form is on our webpage.
You can email your form to or drop it into customer service.

If you have your own poles and just need tree sleeves, these will be available from early July.

Please note there is a $1 levy added to poles planted under government subsidised schemes such as ECFP.

Pole load outs at the Waerenga-o-Kuri Nursery will occur on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. To arrange collection, please contact one of our land management officers on 8672049 at least 3 days prior to your intended pick-up time.

Some essentials of pole planting to make sure you get the best out of your investment:
  • Ensure poles are planted in moist soils or depressions.
  • Plant them at least 60 – 80cm deep, up to a third of the pole length.
  • Ensure they are protected from livestock. Contact us for purchase of pole protectors if needed.
  • Keep all poles tight in the ground. If they loosen, roots can break and the poles will die.
  • Remove and re-use sleeves from any dead poles.
  • Look after the growing poles.
  • Make sure the pole is the right way up.

If you require any advice on pole planting, please contact one of our land management officers.

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