Trees That Count

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Resene Eco.Decorators are proud to support the Trees That Count programme to help regenerate New Zealand's native bush through the planting of native trees.

To date Resene Eco.Decorators have donated 3,000 native trees estimated to remove approx. 680 tonnes of carbon dioxide, in addition to the over 4,000 native trees that Resene has provided.

Trees donated by Resene Eco.Decorators have helped support these planters:

Ngai Tupoto ki Motukaraka Trust

Ngāi Tpoto ki Motukaraka is a hapū trust undertaking native revegetation projects in the Hokianga Harbour. Trees That Count is supporting the Manawatawa Native Replanting Project which aims to restore about 25ha of hill country on the Hokianga Harbour in Motukaraka.

An area of 1200 ha was taken from the Ngāi Tūpoto hapū by the Government in 1885. 40 ha was returned in 2015 as part of the Te Rarawa settlement. A plan has been developed including housing, a nohoanga, a social enterprise hub, a water scheme and restoration of native bush. From 1907 to 1958 the Hokianga Dairy factory operated from the site. The legacy of that development is a dam, which is being developed into a community water supply to increase resilience from droughts.

The catchment includes some regenerating native bush and an area of wilding pine that has now been removed. The native replant will restore the water catchment to native bush, improve the water quality and restore bio-diversity. A flora survey has been carried out and there are around 165 native species present, some threatened and rare. The area is a kukupa habitat and home to many species of native fauna. The land area is steep in parts and prone to weed infestation.

The project started in 2021 with nearly 5000 trees being planted and weed control work undertaken on about 7 ha. In 2022 we plan to complete planting and weed control work on another 13 ha. The land is under the Ngāi Tūpoto ki Motukaraka Trust; a hapū trust with charitable status. This project is part of a rohe wide approach to improving environmental outcomes.

The Longbush Ecological Trust

The Waikereru Ecosanctuary is a haven for rare and endangered species of native birds, plants and animals. It is reached by a winding gravel road up an inland valley, just 9 kilometres from Gisborne city on the Tai Rawhiti / East Coast of New Zealand.

From high hill ridges to the west, three streams tumble down steep valleys and across a plain, entering the Waimata River to the east. A rare surviving strip of lowland bush (Longbush Reserve) runs beside the Waimata River. The bush is alive with the sound of birds, including tui, bellbirds, fantails, kingfishers, whiteheads and many kereru or native pigeons.

Waikereru Ecosanctuary is a fine example of ecological restoration in the Tai Rawhiti district, whose biodiversity is at extreme risk from land clearance, erosion and introduced plants and animals.

The project being supported by trees That Count will use 'seed islands' designed by David and Michael Bergin from Project Crimson and Mark Smale from Landcare Research to accelerate the regeneration of biodiverse native forest in the hills at Waikereru Ecosanctuary. The idea is to clear lightwells in regenerating manuka-kanuka shrublands on steep, highly erodible slopes to plant a succession of shrubs and trees to attract birds that will disperse seed throughout the shrublands, thus speeding up the regeneration of biodiverse native forest. This trial of 'strategic regeneration' builds on earlier trials on the Cyclone Bola slump foothills, that were very successful: Our aim is to show that strategic regeneration can contribute to tackling Aotearoa New Zealand's climate change, biodiversity loss and waterway degradation crises in a cost-effective, ecologically intelligent way.

Tasman District Council

For generations we thought wetlands suck, so we drained them. Now we know they do suck..... carbon, disease causing organisms, sediment and pollutants. Wetlands are the kidneys of our catchments.

This project has two main objectives:

  1. The restoration of approx. 40 existing natural wetlands that are degraded to remove weeds and improve biodiversity / ecological values.

  2. The creation of seven new constructed wetlands to improve downstream water quality, in-stream habitat and summer low flows.

By controlling weeds, replanting, restoring natural hydrological regimes and creating new wetlands, this project will improve the health and resilience of native wetland vegetation communities and the biota they support; downstream improvement in water quality, in-stream habitat and summer flows.

Tasman District Council have initiated the project and received funding from Jobs for Nature to continue the great mahi already underway across Te Tai Ihu, by collaborating with iwi, community, NGOs and Department of Conservation. This legacy project will create not only lasting ecological and cultural wins but provide employment for Covid affected people and learning opportunities for rangitahi and tamariki.

Comitted to Climate - 2021

Comitted to Climate - 2022

For more information on Trees That Count and to find out how you can help more native trees be planted in New Zealand, visit the Trees That Count website.

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