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Paint it green for World Environment Day 2021
Thank you to everyone who took part!

We're growing a brighter future with Trees That Count, an environmental charity on a mission to plant millions more native trees throughout New Zealand. Trees That Count runs the country's only marketplace which provides a place for anyone to fund or gift native trees.

We're growing a brighter future with Trees That Count, an environmental charity on a mission to plant millions more native trees throughout New Zealand. Trees That Count runs the country's only marketplace which provides a place for anyone to fund or gift native trees.

This support is matched with planters throughout the country who are restoring, and growing, precious wildlife corridors or pockets of native forest, turning small projects into mighty ones. For more information, visit www.treesthatcount.co.nz.

Thanks to your help Resene has supported these planters with trees for their projects:

Waipoua Forest Trust

Waipoua is home to kauri, the last substantial remnant of a forest that began in deep time when New Zealand was part of the great southern landmass of Gondwana. The Waipoua Forest Trust was established in 1999 to champion this unique place and to restore it to a true turangawaewae o kauri, a place where kauri can stand it all its natural glory.

The Waipoua Forest Trust works in partnership with tangata whenua (traditional guardians) of Waipoua, Te Roroa, and the Department of Conservation. The Trust has purchased 241 hectares of milled land adjacent to the Waipoua Sanctuary that is the heart of the Waipoua Forest and home to great trees such as Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere. The Millennium Forest now occupies much of the Trust's land, an expansion to the Waipoua Forest for the first time in 150 years, reclaiming bush in which the diverse and ancient native species of kauri country can again thrive.

Our aim is to continue to restore kauri to this ecosystem, and protect it from the challenges of modern life so that in 2000 years this great landscape is once again one of the great treasures of this planet. To do this successfully we will also continue to provide strong advocacy for kauri, ensuring its protection in all forests around the northern regions of New Zealand where it dominated for millions of years.

As well as the 241 ha of land the Trust owns in and around Waipoua Forest, it is also closely involved with the 350 hectare Professor McGregor Reserve and the Elvi McGregor Reserve, similarly restored neighbouring lands owned by the New Zealand Native Forest Restoration Trust.

Across all these rejuvenating forests Waipoua Forest Trust volunteers engage in weeding previously planted areas, maintaining the ground, collecting flax seed, and monitoring and eradicating pests such as rats and possums. To date the Trust has invested more than NZ $5 million in land protection and restoration, and will continue to do so throughout the future.

A key part of the Trust's activities is the annual collection of seed from the great trees of Waipoua, from which it has established the significant resource in genetic material of the highest quality for present and future projects. The Trust is committed to returning to this forest environment those species that have been driven from Waiopoua by environmental change and pest invasion. These include kākāriki and kākā, the noisy parrots that once filled the forest with their exuberance, the inquisitive weka and magnificent karearea, the bush falcon.

Wakatipu Reforestation Trust

The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust is the brainchild of Neill and Barb Simpson, whose hard work over the past 15 years on Pigeon and Pig Islands has seen the once bare and weedy islands become a haven for native birds thanks to hundreds of volunteers. Inspired by this success, Neill and Barb recruited support from several funding agencies, and in 2013 created the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust.

Our vision is to protect and restore the native biodiversity of the Wakatipu Basin through revegetation projects, collaboration, education and advocacy. We work with the community to grow and plant out native plants, including threatened species. This will create wildlife corridors that will, in turn, attract native birds and insects back into the basin, significantly enhancing the biodiversity of our area.

Whaia Titirangi Restoration Project

Whaia Titirangi is a programme that has been built with a view of supporting, nurturing and assisting young kaitiaki on their journey as they follow their passion for the taiao and whenua. The programme is specifically designed to look after their holistic health: ā-tinana (physical), ā-wairua (spiritual), ā- hinengaro (mental), ā-whanau (family and relationships).

Ruatanuika is an ancient garden site located on Titirangi Maunga, facing the city of Gisborne. In 2016 and 2017 this site was cleared of exotics with the vision of restoring it to native bush. Ngaio were the predominant species planted on the site, with the vision that this would produce a nurse crop, with a 2nd wave of podocarp to be underplanted.

This area is the highest point left on our Maunga and was named after our tipuna, Hamoterangi. Hamoterangi was a healer renowned for her practice in rongoā Māori. Many of the species we are planting in the area are what she would have used to provide well being & healing to our people.

The Whaia Titirangi team is employed by Ngati Oneone via the Te Poho o Rawiri Marae, and have already planted over 70,000 trees on Titirangi Maunga.

Te Huka Waiohinganga (Esk) River Care Group

We are a community group made up of local residents within the catchment. The groups aim is to restore the original ecosystem types that were once dominant in the Te Huka Waiohinganga catchment. Although the ecosystem type comprises of podocarp species, these species often require native colonising species to provide the correct growing conditions for them to grow. The initial planting plan will focus on fast growing colonising species. Subsequent plantings will be planned for secondary species planting to follow, once initial plantings are established. Where practical, seeds will be sourced from native remnants within the Te Huka Waiohinganga catchment. It is intended that many of these will be grown by Hukarere Girls Collage, Eskdale School and the Department of Conservation nurseries. It is planned that school students and local residents will be involved in sourcing the seeds and the planned planting area will become a future seed sourcing site.

The Waikawa Project

This planting project is at Waikawa, just inland and on the estuary from Curio Bay in the Catlins.

The planting area has been used for many years as farm land. We purchased the land some years ago and have been gradually planting with natives since. The section slopes towards the estuary and has a natural wetland at the bottom. Our vision is to create an environment that will enhance water quality, support current and future species and the native bird population as well as providing education to our family, friends and the wider community.

Waiheke Resources Trust

The Waiheke Resources Trust is all about creating a great place to live. We do lots of different things to reach that goal including education and events and there are lots of different issues that we think are important: water, waste, food resilience, biodiversity, energy and transport.

The concept that underpins our work is the importance of a healthy and thriving environment. Such an environment allows a community to flourish, and within that community a strong economy can exist.

We work to celebrate and protect all the resources we have already, and build capacity and knowledge in the community toward the creation of a resource-full future for all.

With the Waiheke community and volunteer groups we are working towards restoring 4 significant wetland habitats and surrounding environments on Waiheke Island – Te Matuku, Te Whau, Rangihoua & Matiatia Headland.

Puke Kopipi Restoration Group

Puke Kopipi is an important landscape feature for the Ngunguru/Tutukaka Coast Community. It sits behind the local Sports Complex and has a rough Walkway to the top with awesome views over Ngunguru Estuary and Sandspit to Bream Head, and to islands to the south.

Pines were removed in 2011 and a community restoration kaupapa begun to protect the natural, cultural and historic values. Volunteers are removing pest plants, restoring native plantings, arresting erosion and eventually bringing back the birds and creating an attractive walkway - a peaceful place to walk and observe, a place of wairua. Puke Kopipi is a positive wonderful project and we would not be able to achieve our goals of restoration without the support of our community and organisations.

Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wanaka community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin and uses these plants for localised native habitat restoration. We work with local community groups, schools, organisations & businesses in the effort to promote hands-on community land care.

Te Kakano has been involved in habitat restoration in the Upper Clutha area for more than 10 years now. We are proud of what we have achieved and are excited about where we are going.

Whangara Farms

Whangara Farms is a partnership made up of three Māori Incorporations, Whangara B5, Pakarae & Tapuwae Whitiwhiti. The total farming area is 8,500ha and runs approx. 80,000 stock units of sheep & beef.

Whangara Farms is retiring an area of approximately 5ha which contains a wetland, excluding stock, and planting it in native species. The wetland is opposite the Whangara Primary School and Kindy so will be an excellent environment for them to learn about our precious wetlands. We would like to restore the wetland to its original habitat and native species. There are so few wetlands left so this is an important planting project and will provide significant habitat for our native species.

Read about the projects supported here


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