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For World Environment Day

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Trees That Count

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.

Did you know? The 25,311 trees donated by Resene and the Paint It Green programme will help to remove about 5,761 tonnes of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere over 50 years. Plus Resene Eco.Decorators have donated an additional 5,500 native trees estimated to remove approx. 1,263 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Information courtesy of Trees That Count.

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

The Whareroa Guardians have planted each year since 2007, a total of just over 60,000 trees. Our goal is to restore the hills and valleys to their former glory as mixed kohekohe/podocarp forest along with providing access to the reserve. We are fortunate in having 7 small blocks of original forest which provide a wide variety of seed sources once the initial trees are established. The Guardians work hard at controlling animal pests as well as weed pests. We see a key role in providing opportunity for the community to come and plant and connect with the land and planting. We are active members of the Kapiti Biodiversity Project.

Over 1000 school children have planted with a similar number of adults. Ultimately we seek to create a reserve which will enhance biodiversity on the Kapiti Coast, linking Kapiti Island to the Tararuas.

The Upper TĪ Kōuka Stream is the last section of riparian restoration remaining within retired land at the reserve. We planted the lower section in 2013 and started planting the upper section in 2019. Our ultimate goal is to have all waterways draining into the Whareroa Stream catchment retired and restored. A walking track goes along side this planting.

Whataroa Bay is a bay in the Marlborough sounds that has been planted in forestry. Our intention is to try to restore at least 10 hectares into native trees to begin with.

During 2021 we began removing wilding pines which have quickly grown following harvest. As we have cleared the land there has been an area that has begun regenerating into native bush. We have been poisoning the pines and also chainsawing the wilding pines where there is no damage to the native bush. However the grass and the pines are still the dominate species. In the area we have cleared Manuka and Kanuka have began regenerating. We have began planting in areas that we have cleared to compliment the planting.

We are a family sheep and beef farming operation 40 minutes from Napier.

We are starting a project with the help of HBRC and QEII National Trust to deer fence and retire and covenant a gully of lovely podocarp forest remnant.

Due to the lay of the land the fence needs to go a wee way from the bush edge on the higher ground. This means there are grass areas that will end up inside the retired bush.

The plan is to plant this area to help with the restoration of the block. The native bush is rare for the region, and is reportedly 10% of what remains of this tawa and tītoki podocarp forest in the ecological district.

We have been wanting to do something for a while now but the task is large and out of reach. Now with the help of Trees That Count, we're getting started.

The Kaipara Moana Remediation Programme is the largest landscape programme underway in New Zealand. It represents new models of co-governance, planning, collaborating and problem-solving to restore the health and mauri of the Kaipara Moana.

The programme partners have plans to plant 22 million trees to start a generational change in reducing the amount of sediment flowing into the Kaipara Moana. Currently we're focused on fencing and planting on land near waterways across the 6000 km2 Kaipara Catchment.

The Kaipara Harbour faces a number of challenges, in declining fish stocks and biodiversity, increases in sedimentation flow resulting in poor water quality, caused by resource use and development pressure. Our vision that "The mauri of Kaipara Moana is restored and protected and its significance – for Kaipara Uri and all New Zealanders – is recognised" is about starting the mahi to restore this taonga. We work with all landowners within the catchment area, including community groups, public and jointly owned land. As a part of this journey, we're led by a committee with representatives from the Ministry for the Environment, Northland Regional Council, Auckland Council, Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara, Te Uri o Hau and Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua.

Tongariro Community Ranger. Supporting charitable community led efforts to improve public land areas in rural Manawatu/whanganui region near Tongariro and Ruapehu districts.

Colville Harbour Care (CHC) is a community led initiative to restore our harbour. Our vision is "a healthy and thriving Hauraki Gulf". The harbour has declining water quality from sediment loading, which has smothered shellfish beds and diminished fish populations. This project aims to build our community capacity and capability to value and improve both our coastal management practices for, and the biodiversity of, Colville Bay; and our freshwater management practices for, and the biodiversity of the rivers, streams and wetlands that feed into Colville Bay Harbour.

We work with local farmers and council to fence and plant riparian strips and wetlands to increase biodiversity and reduce sediment loading. In the past two years we have supported 2.4km of fencing and planted 20,000 trees with a 90% survival rate. We have huge community support with over 3800 volunteer hour donated over 2 years.

In 2023 Trees That Count will be supporting our project Moehau ki te Moana. It is a collaborative project by farmers, iwi and community to enliven the waters of the Moehau region. We will work together to protect and restore wetlands and riparian strips to improve water quality and enhance biodiversity in our region. By removing rats, mice and possums from our coastal lands we will improve overall ecosystem health and breeding success for our native species. Through local employment and training we will provide pathways to sustainable job opportunities and upskill our local workforce. With the integration of matauranga Māori and robust environmental monitoring we aim to achieve the best possible outcomes for people and the environment.

NZ Landcare Trust/Ngā Matapopore Whenua is a grassroots organisation supporting communities in beneficial land and water management practices. We partner with rural communities, catchment and landcare groups and other organisations to make a tangible difference in the future of New Zealand's waterways.

Mana Tahuna Charitable Trust is a charity organisation that has a vision to have a united Māori community in Tāhuna (Queenstown). Our mission as an organization is to improve the overall wellbeing and livelihood of Māori and Pasifika people within the Tāhuna community. One of our values is kaitikitanga, the guardianship and protection of the whenua (land) and taiao (environment). We are all closely connected to the whenua and have witnessed its degradation in Tāhuna. At Mana Tāhuna we want our kaimahi (workers) to be kaitiaki (guardians) so our tamariki (children) can enjoy a restored whenua in the future.

Mana Tāhuna Charitable Trust is working on a large-scale restoration project in the Lake Hayes catchment to clean the water quality of the tributaries and lake, improve the biodiversity of the area, and introduce native habbitat. This project looks to achieve this goal through planting tens of thousands of native riparian plants and trees along the side of the rivers and in wetlands in order to:

In support of that we will additionally be:

Hi, We are Jarred and Sarah from MataRata Downs, in Tarata, Taranaki. We have taken on the caretaker role of looking after this 465ha sheep and beef farm, while bringing up our 3 kids and also still working with my parents. (Sarah's) My parents and both sets of grandparents use to farm this land also. We have begun a series of bush regenerating projects over the last 5 years.

We are descendants of Taharora...which is also the name of our marae to which we are applying for descendants..we endeavor to uphold our Mana by strengthening our values, and to us, these values include whenua restoration. Our marae sits atop a steep-sloped hill which has very little by way of biodiversity, and it is in the best interest of the whanau that through this planting project we can and will bring those Taonga species(birds/insects) back to our people and back to our marae!! Native trees will not only beautify, but it will also create an environment where both the Tangata Whenua and the inhabitants of these trees can support each other, and, with time, be the focal point of similar localized projects...

Bluff Hill/Motupōhue Environment Trust (BHMET), established in 2008, is dedicated to the restoration and protection of the natural environment on and around Bluff Hill. We do this through pest control, habitat restoration, species translocation and raising public awareness.

Motupōhue (Bluff Hill) is a tōpuni site of significance to Awarua Rūnanga (Ngāi Tahu). It is the sternpost of Te Waka o Māui, and the place where the chief stands: its ngahere cloak is that of the chief, the korowai. The forest korowai was once majestic, alive with centuries-old podocarps and a huge population of native birds. Bluff Hill Motupōhue Environment Trust in partnership with Te Tapu o Tāne and Project Crimson (the charity that runs Trees That Count) aims to restore that life to Motupōhue through the planting of 50,000 native trees over 2022/2023.

Bluff Hill Motupohue is of cultural, recreational and ecological importance and is truly one of the last populated places in New Zealand where the forest meets the sea.

The Nature Conservancy is a partner of the Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Alliance, with all iwi, Councils, and the Department of Conservation working across 2.5 million hectares of the Te Tauihu/Top of the South Island, including Buller/Kawatiri, Tasman/ Te Tai ō Aorere, Nelson/Whakatū and Marlborough/Wairau. The Alliance works collaboratively to achieve shared conservation goals to ensure both people and nature thrive, from a robust strategic plan that identified key threats to the region's ecosystems, including invasive weeds and fragmented landscapes. The Restoring and Protecting Flora Project is delivering strategic weed control across 17,000 hectares in areas of ecological importance on public, Māori, and privately-owned lands across the region.

The Trees That Count sub-project's restoration planting will complement the weed control efforts already funded by a $6m grant from DOC Jobs for Nature, a crucial next step in a wider restoration regime that will add resilience to these ecologically sensitive and valuable sites. Leveraging the project's already-funded labour by experienced contractors, we will use the requested funding to plant native trees at key sites in Buller, augmenting long-term weed suppression and improving connectivity and buffering of fragmented sites, which will be prioritised to ensure the plantings are maintained. We will plant over 10,000 trees - predominately hardy, fast-growing species, enhanced with diverse enrichment species (exact species and numbers to be determined on a site-by-site basis). All trees will be eco-sourced locally from suppliers with proven track records (including Clean Streams Karamea). Indicative sites include West Coast estuaries: Westport's Floating Basin, Mokihinui, Little Wanganui, and Oparara.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

Clean Streams Karamea are a native tree nursery and riparian planting service supporting our West Coast community and landowners in kaitiakitanga o te wai.

We work with farmers, community groups and our local school students to clean our waterways through planting native species, restoring habitat for aquatic species in our wetlands, streams, rivers and estuaries, and improving the biodiversity of both land and water.

The project being supported by Trees That Count in 2022 is a collaboration with the local school and community to restore the riparian margin around our beautiful Oparara Estuary, as our contribution to the Oparara Source to Sea Project. This is a concept dreamed up by the community in 2014 - to link the protected Oparara Basin with the estuary in a corridor of unique and highly valuable biodiversity. Our estuary plantings will replace the forest of gorse with colonising natives, so that the current spray maintenance program can be replaced with thriving native forest, creating homes for skinks and nesting places for birds, including Kotuku, Royal Spoonbills and Bitterns. Clean Streams Karamea Inc. is a community-led nursery growing eco-sourced native trees to supply riparian and ecological restoration projects in our community.

Ngā Rakau o Onepoto is a newly formed trust established to plant native trees on a Christchurch City Council Reserve overlooking Taylor's Mistake Beach. With a bit of help from the Billion Trees Programme and donations we had over 100 volunteers plant 1600 trees in June 2020. We need about another 600 trees to complete the planting out of the reserve in 2022.

Rare native birds inhabit parts of Kapiro & Rangitane Stream margins and associated small wetland areas (eg. dabchick, banded rail, spotless crake, brown kiwi). They exist in pockets of vegetation along the river, with large empty spaces (with few or no trees/shelter) between.

Our local community group is planting the stream margins to join up the pockets of vegetation and create wildlife corridors, as well as aiming to reduce sediment and improve stream ecosystems. We're also protecting our trees and birds with predator trap lines along the river margins to control rodents, possums etc.

The Te Waiau Mahika Kai Trust is a registered charity who's mission is to promote and enhance the active relationship of Ngāi Tahu people with the mahinga kai resource of the Waiau Catchment. The Te Waiau Mahika Kai Trust is undertaking a comprehensive ecological and mahinga kai restoration project to restore the 445 ha property at Te Kōawa Tūroa o Takitimu.

The aims of this project are:

This restoration will be done using a holistic approach encompassing ki uta ki tai philosophy – from the mountains to the sea.

The restoration and protection of this valley will also provide a refuge for indigenous wildlife by providing habitat, a food source and protection from introduced pests. It will provide a wildlife corridor from the Takitimu Conservation Area through to Fiordland National Park and the Te Wāhipounamu Unesco World Heritage Area.

Part of the project is to undertake a large-scale native replanting to re-create the forest assemblies that would have been present in the valley prior to land clearance. This is done hand in hand with encouraging and facilitating natural regeneration of the site, which has been taking place over the last 20 years as farming operations and grazing ceased. The replanting project has a mahinga kai focus, but only species that are endemic to this area will be replanted at the site using eco-sourced seeds - many from the property or adjacent land parcels.

We are a planting family having planted around our 15 acre farm, and we work in conservation and love having birds and wildlife around us. Motu is a 2 ha block that we have used for family camping and accomodation when undertaking work for the Whinray Ecological Charitable Trust. We have been planting there for 20 years and have kahikatea and matai trees planted for our children when they were born 21 and 17 years ago. These are now 4mts (kahikatea) high and 2mts for the Matai. All of the trees planted on the site have been propagated by myself over the years but the past 3 or 4 years I have run out of energy to run the nursery. We currently would like to plant some podocarp species on the hill to encourage seed spread of the podocarps and we wish we had planted them 20 years ago. The plantings complement the Motu Scenic Reserve which is opposite our site on the banks of the Motu river.

The Socio-Ecological Learning Environment ('The Learning Environment') is running education experiences at Pīwakawaka Farm adjacent to the Whanganui River. The Learning Environment provides training in ecological enhancement, climate change adaptation and holistic wellbeing. We are dedicated to regenerating Pīwakawaka Farm and surrounding areas by demonstrating and promoting ecological enhancement and supporting the community wellbeing of the Whanganui Region.

Pīwakawaka Farm is approx 70ha of regenerating hill country, wetlands, and streams located adjacent to Te Awa Tupua (The Whanganui River) and bordering the Waireka Conservation block. Approximately 1.5km of the Tauraroa Stream flows through the site.

We have two wetlands on our property near Te Puke. The smaller of the two wetlands is situated in the centre of the property's eastern boundary, near Maungarangi Road. The size of the wetland is approximately 1 ha and it is fully fenced off from livestock. A drain runs across the western edge of the wetland at the toe of the escarpment surrounding the wetland. This discharges into a 95m long drain running laterally towards and discharging into the Kaituna River. At the northern end of the property boundary is the larger 2.5ha wetland.

We are planting the wetlands to reduce run off and support biodiversity in the area.

Atarau Sanctuary provides predator-free sanctuary for Paparoa Wildlife Trust's roroa / great spotted kiwi chicks, who are hatched at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and then put in the sanctuary until they are old enough to fend for themselves out in the ranges. While they are in our care, we observe and listen to them through passive bioacoustic monitoring to learn as much as we can.

Atarau Sanctuary is the first land-based pest-proof crèche specifically for kiwi in the South Island and the only facility in New Zealand for roroa to take sanctuary until they are big enough to head out into the world. Since opening in 2010, we have given sanctuary to 49 roroa chicks.

With an extensive planning programme in the sanctuary, and more land set aside for reforestation, we are also working towards long term and widespread regeneration of native forest. By planting this area in native plants it will replicate an environment that will be comparable to the wild environment in which the kiwi will be released. Through the support of Trees that Count we have been able to do this.

Paparoa Wildlife Trust is a community conservation initiative dedicated to running effective conservation projects in the Paparoa Ranges near Greymouth. Our goal is to halt the decline of our wonderfully iconic but highly threatened native species.

Motukauri Whakaora is an innovative collaboration involving the landholding whānau working in partnership with hapū from Motutī Marae, Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa, Te Kura Taumata o Panguru, and other friends and supporters from the wider Hokianga community and beyond. Support is also being provided by several local nurseries, Northland Regional Council, One Billion Trees, and through a key relationship with Trees That Count. At the heart of this vision is the restoration of the indigenous biodiversity of this beautiful estuarine area, improvement of the quality of the waters of Hokianga, and opportunities for manawhenua to reconnect with this rich cultural landscape. This is a tangible contribution towards reducing the impacts of climate change, including through reduction of stock numbers on the farm. It is also hoped that the associated employment opportunities will help contribute to the economic revitalisation of local communities.

The Pendergrast Memorial Heritage Trust (PMHT) Park is a 21 hectare ( 52 acre) tract of land donated by local farmer and conservationist Jim Pendergrast. The purpose of PMHT is to promote understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the natural environment through outdoor education, environment and conservation and community development.

Around 15 hectares of the Park is currently native bush, with a planting programme in place to re-forest another 4 hectares. Around 2 hectares of flat land will be left as grassland to allow for the development of buildings, car parking and to provide a clean and environmentally friendly campsite for the benefit of schools, universities, and the public.

The adjacent Otanewainuku State Forest comprises a large area of native bush which has an active predator management program in place. Kiwi and Kokako have been released there and are breeding successfully. The planting of native bush and Pest management at the Park will enable a bush corridor to be created between Otanewainuku and the forested gorges of the Te Rerenga stream enabling the native birds to migrate between these large tracts of native bush. In the future, as the park facilities are developed, school students and members of the public will be able to walk the bush paths through the regenerating bush.

Over the years we have been working in partnership with tourism operators, the Department of Conservation, Project Janszoon and the community to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the Abel Tasman National Park.

We utilise enthusiastic volunteers to undertake extensive predator control along the coast, plant and maintain native trees and manage the population restoration of some of New Zealand's precious native species, such as the South Island Robin/Toutouwai and Saddleback/Tieke.

The Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust restoration project aims to plant 300 trees per year to provide food and shelter for our native birds and also to enhance the visitor experience in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Hauraki Islands Forest and Bird does biodiversity and restoration work across our four reserves on Waiheke Island covering an area of 120 hectares. We also do community outreach in schools, work on Council projects and support other organisations.

One area of focus is Pukerakau, which was given to the branch with an understanding that the existing old growth forest would be supported by reforesting the surrounding paddocks. A large majority of this has been completed, with around 5000 trees already planted. There are still 2 large areas that require planting. This planting is significant as it supports some of the last older growth forest pockets that exist on waiheke island. These forests pockets provide habitats to rare birds such as the kaka.

Onetangi Forest, which is protected, owned and managed by Forest and Bird Hauraki islands is another focus of ours. It is a significant ecological area with wetlands and old growth forest. There has been large scale reforestation over the last 50 years to support the old growth forest.

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.

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.

The Tasman Area Community Association (TACA) was formed in 1989. It is a volunteer organisation that aims to:

We are running an ambitious project to connect the Waimea Estuary and Moutere Inlet with a 10km long green corridor along SH60 between Tasman Village and Mapua, the so-called "Te Mamaku Drive" (formerly the Ruby Bypass). It is a stretch of unused, mostly public land on the eastern side of SH60 is visibly overgrown with gorse, broom, wattles and wilding pine trees. It already accommodates part of the "Dicker Ridge Walking Track" and continues on Stagecoach Road down to Chaytor Road and the Mapua's Dominion Flats. The "Te Mamaku Drive Corridor Project" has a plan for the whole length of the corridor, with identified priority blocks to start with and to seek appropriate funding.

This is a long term project to run over years, if not several decades! What started more than a year ago with this simple idea has now led to the first planting of 2000 trees done on 500 metres at the start of the project at the Tasman end. Thanks to the great support and funding of TET (Tasman Environmental Trust) and Restoring the Moutere through the Billion trees programme, people can now envisage the direction in which the project is heading. To continue further south another 2-3km to the start of Stagecoach Road, the group of enthusiastic people involved in the project is facing the removal of a long row of overgrown pine trees, applying for funding to clear about 8 hectares of land, and hoping to secure about 30,000 plants.

Trees That Count is supporting three projects led by Tasman District Council:

Kingsland Forest Park - As part of the Kingsland Forest Development Plan the Tasman District Council have planned to move away from commercial forestry behind Richmond, and manage the Forest solely as a recreational and biodiversity asset for Richmond. Kingsland Forest covers about 100 hectares, most of which is or was planted with Pinus radiata. A significant proportion of these trees have been or are due to be harvested. There are also pockets of native species within the forest that are being restored through additional planting and pest control by active and keen volunteers. Over the next 20 years as we gradually retire from commercial forestry operations to focus on recreational usage we will plant the forest in native trees.

Wetland Restoration Project - 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.

Teapot Valley Restoration Project - In February 2019, the Pigeon Valley fire burnt through an area of approximately 2,400 ha in the Tasman District, near Wakefield. Teapot Valley was one of the areas impacted, with several hectares of hillslope beech-podocarp forest lost in the fire. Working with local restoration practitioners, Tasman District Council is managing a four-year restoration project across 65 ha to restore burnt forest communities and to connect riparian fragments of lowland alluvial beech-podocarp forest in lower Teapot Valley. This restoration will improve the health, resilience and resistance of the native ecosystems in the valley, improve biodiversity outcomes, enhance the wetlands and protect water quality in Teapot Valley Stream. As well as replanting, we are doing weed control in forest untouched by the fire and in areas of regenerating forest, to encourage natural recruitment. We are also restoring 2 wetland areas through weed control and replanting. An exciting element of this project is our research trial testing different techniques of direct seeding on the hillslopes, as an alternative revegetation technique. This is complemented by monitoring of natural regeneration to collect data on the fire-recovery process, to improve our understanding of how native forest communities and species respond to fire. We have planted 13,000 trees and shrubs to date, with plans to plant another ~15,000 in 2023. The project brings together Tasman District Council, contractors, funders and a very committed land-owner, all of whom have extensive tree planting and weed control experience, to realise the vision of restoring the native communities of Teapot Valley back to full health.

The Blenheim Natural Learners Cooperative are replanting eco-sourced native plants into the Ōhinemahuta Domain to help restore and protect ancient forest. Planned in conjunction with and with support from DOC. A 5-year project to inspire kaitiakitanga in our tamariki and rangatahi and, to give the children a way to 'make a difference'. 2023 will be the second year of planting.

Te Ara Kakariki is a project to create a native greenway connecting the Canterbury foothills with the sea and Lake Ellesmere. So far we have planted over 100,000 native plants at 84 sites.

Projects that we have done with support from Trees That Count have been hugely successful.

One such project is the Kids Discovery Plantout. Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Canterbury Trust have planted a native corridor of steppingstones linking the mountains to the sea in Selwyn Canterbury. Glentunnel school and Darfield Highschool planted 1600 native species at Joyce reserve during the past two years and would like to add even more trees in the future! These plantings were part of a Kids Discovery Plantout day, Te Ara Kakariki's award-winning school plantout programme where students learn about native biodiversity through hands on experience. Approximately 225 students took part in two planting days, learning about the ecosystem through activities lead by local experts from Lincoln University, Taumutu marae and Environment Canterbury. Activities were customised for each school to work in with their current curriculum focus and included:

Through the Kids Discovery Plantout programme the students take on the role of tiaki tamariki, caring for their site and learning how they can contribute to biodiversity on the Canterbury Plains.

Each year the trust tries to plant at a variety of new and existing sites. By returning to plant at the same site for multiple years we create a more ecologically valuable area consisting of more core area and therefore providing better habitat for birds and invertebrate.

This project aims to restore a fragile coastal wetland and sandhill environment in the far north. We have removed all stock from the land as it was having an adverse effect on the very fragile sand hills and planted mainly manuka at this stage , but there is still so much more we can do. We have a wonderful wetland area that we would love to restore. Our plan is to stop the drainage of the wetland area and plant some beautiful kahikatea, cabbage trees, nikau, puriri etc.

The Canoe Creek Conservation Project is a privately funded and managed conservation project on a 36ha rural block located 10 kms south of Punakaiki on the West Coast of Aotearoa/New Zealand. It is a native forest restoration project where the overarching intention is to protect existing vegetation and replant native trees and shrubs in other areas that are currently in deteriorating pasture. Active restoration is in an area of about 6ha.

The entire block is bordered by crown land (conservation estate) to the north and east and there is a wide and regenerating riparian strip running west/east on the boundary with Canoe Creek. Hillsides to the south and east are in regenerating native vegetation where the dominant species are kamahi and rata. Other notable species surveyed include tōtara, rimu, matai, miro, kaihikatea, horoeka, and nikau. The area in active restoration is predominantly in pasture which has been previously used for grazing and haymaking.

Regeneration and planting will be of species as naturally occurring in the prevailed ecological area. This includes those species that are currently observable in this area AND those that have historically existed. An ecological survey of native species has been completed and protection under QEII Trust covenant is already agreed and will be in place imminently. This is to ensure that protection for native flora and fauna is provided.

Our property is situated near the headlands of the Kaitemako stream in the hills of Welcome Bay in Tauranga Moana. The land is predominantly pasture with a couple of small wetlands and the Kaitemako stream running through most of the property. There are a couple of springs feeding the stream and running down 2 gullies, one of which has mature natives, including four huge original rewarewa.

The project is to restore 5 hectares of the land which encompasses the stream, a small wetland, a couple of other seepages, and two other permanent watercourses that feed into the stream back to native forest. I hope and envisage that this regeneration of forest will increase biodiversity by restoring and providing habitat for wildlife. I have removed all stock from the entire 5 hectares and this will reduce contaminant and sediment flowing into the waterways. Replanting the riparian margins around the stream, watercourses and wetland areas will filter rainfall runoff in the future. Extensive pest plant eradication and control has been done. Since May 2021, I have had 4000 trees planted starting along the riparian margins and extending into the paddocks. I have been advised that I will need another 6000 trees to achieve the canopy required to suppress the existing pasture grasses.

Our family operate a sheep, cattle and forestry farm in the Tararua Region. We are committed to farming in the most sustainable ways we can. Each year we retire areas of our farm and plant trees there. So far we have planted 36ha as well as over 1000 poplar and willow poles. We have been recognised for our practices in the Horizons Farm Environment Awards in 2017.

Every year we fence and plant more of our water ways. We do this to exclude livestock and add to the biodiversity and water quality. We enjoy the planting and watching them grow. The more support we get, the more planting we can do each year.

We manage the Reinga Road Reserve which involves re-habilitating a badly neglected area of 6ha. Work involves planting and weed control. Planting is with natives supplied to us by the Shade House in Kerikeri.

Reinga Road Reserve is located in a beautiful area near Kerikeri. The reserve is publicly owned land that was neglected till we got involved. Our group paid for a digger to clear pernicious weeds, got a grant, and started planting about 800 plants per year - mostly trees all native but some sedges etc where appropriate.

Planting is ongoing and probably will never cease. This is public land and open for public access.

This community based project is located in Hawkes Bay at Waimarama and centered on the Waingongoro awa. From its springs to the sea this awa winds through Maori land, farm land and residential land, connecting people across the catchment. The awa is sacred to the hapu/iwi and of importance to the local farmers and community as it provides sustenance, spiritual connection, and is the main source of drinking water. Historically it sustained whitebait, eels, kōura (freshwater crayfish), insects and birds. Many of the plants were used for traditional purposes. Over the years the water quality has degraded due to habitat loss, erosion and faecal contamination. This has had a detrimental effect on the awa from both a cultural and biodiversity perspective. The declining state of the awa has mobilised hapu/iwi, farmers and residents to look for solutions to protect it's cultural and biodiversity values. From this community collaboration the Waingongoro Awa Restoration project was initiated and has gained support from the Freshwater Improvement Fund and Councils. The project is now seeking other partners to enable it to meet its objectives of improving both water quality and biodiversity by retiring land, protecting wetlands, removing exotic trees and planting approximately 60,000 native plants and will also build capacity and capability around sustainable land use and freshwater management within the community. Changes in water quality will be monitored using both cultural and western techniques. This project also includes protecting a site of significance to ensure that historic connections along the awa are maintained.

Our property is situated beside the Mohakatino River. Prior to our purchase of the property it was grazed heavily right to the river edge. There is a small stand of native bush on our neighbours boundary which we would like to plant beside to extend the overall size of the native bush area, Our vision is to plant the majority of the land back into native bush to create a vibrant ecological hub for native bush dwelling insects and birds, for the environment and for our beautiful sacred native flora to once again thrive in our peaceful valley.

The planting project is on the west edge of Hamilton with some steep paddocks and a recent pine cutover area of just over an acre. We are looking to take these areas out of pasture/pine remnants and back to natives to make the best use of the erosion-prone steeper land.

So far we've planted around 900 trees, including Kauri, Puriri, Rimu and Totara. Most of the remainder are Manuka and Kanuka to serve as nursery crops for specimens yet to come to create a more diverse mix of species.

One of our plantings shares a boundary with a neighbour's native planting so will become part of a larger area as the trees grow up.

This project is a partnership between Te Tapu o Tāne, Te Wharekura o Arowhenua a kura kaupapa, and YMCA Southland. It is a focused on the restoration of Omaui at the youth hostel which will help lean into the restoration of Tiwai Point.

Rangatahi will focus on mahinga kai species to sustain the people, and on conclusion of the pilot the rangatahi will present their mahinga kai species to their parents in a presentation. Te Tapu o Tāne will organise 1 or 2 mahinga kai wānanga to focus on a particular species – ie harakeke kete baskets for kaimoana or ti~kouka sweetner harvest. If the pilot continues the project will be led in future by the rangatahi of Te Wharekura māori for other schools in the district who want to engage with Māori focus on taonga plants.

Our family own a sheep and beef farm bordering Whinray Scenic Reserve in Motu. We consider ourselves responsible for taking care of this land and the section of the Motu River which our land borders. We have fenced approximately 1.4km of land bordering the river and planted over 6000 plants in the strip. Over the last 30 years I have worked for DOC, an ecological consulting firm and a local ecological trust and have heaps of experience with planting natives, post planting management and monitoring and animal pest control.

So far I have focused on planting coloniser species on the strip including primarily flax and manuka. The long term goal is to increase the biodiversity of plants in the strip so that it is more representative of the kahikatea dominated swamp land that it once was. I plan to supplement my colonisers with a wide variety of species including tree ferns, podocarps and pseudopanax. I will continue planting flax, toe toe and carex in specific areas of the strip. The strip will also provide shade for the river and more habitat for long finned eels and weka. Kiwi, Hochstetter frogs and bats are a few of the special species that live within 1km of the site in bush areas on the farm. Over the last couple of years I have collected local seeds for a Gisborne nursery to grow. This year some of those seeds came back to my strip as plants and I would like to continue using local seed.

The Moutere River catchment, with its many streams and rivers, empties into the slowly filling Moutere estuary, just out of Motueka near Nelson. Lack of tree cover along the river was contributing to eroding banks, lack of shade, elevated water temperatures and growth of filamentous green algae and a predominance of pollution-tolerant macro-invertebrates. There are a number of significant QE11 covenants in the catchment and planted waterways will provide a biodiversity link between these covenants for bird life.

This is a large catchment with large potential for planting. It has also been part of a large scientific study in an integrated catchment project, so has all the information needed to get some great action on the ground. There are a number of existing projects underway including Motueka Weedbusters, Motueka Delta project, Tapawera Awa Ora, Friends of Whio and Motueka Online (a mapping system for environmental projects). Your support through Trees That Count is helping provide the impetus to start a widespread environmental restoration project.

Ridgecliff is a seventh generation hill country farm overlooking the Pacific Ocean in a little settlement called Chorlton on Banks Peninsula. We have recently started hosting families, groups, holiday makers and small celebrations at our heritage Accrington Farmhouse located in the heart of our farm.

One of our favourite parts of the farm has been identified by the Christchurch City Council as an area of ecological significance and want to further expand the area by increasing the biodiversity through native tree planting and create a biodiversity corridor down to Raupo Bay.

Over the next few years we will be working hard to fence and plant nearly 13ha of our farmland and coastline to increase biodiversity and create a legacy for future generations. This is part of a 30+ year biodiversity enhancement plan we have for our property. We are so grateful for the support towards native trees that enables us to reach our planting targets. We have engaged with a local environmental company to eco-source a mixture of kānuka, tōtara, horoeka, kōwhai, hebe and coprosma which currently exist on the site to ensure we match biodiversity. Our property has the potential to be home to much more native wildlife and biodiversity and we want to do what we can to fast track that as much as possible to ensure our guests, family, friends, animals and future generations can enjoy our special part of the world. If you're wanting to keep up to date with our progress, check us out on Instagram @ridgecliffnz or at

Our property is located on the eastern side of the Kaimai ranges, approximately 2km from the edge of the Kaimai Mamaku forest park, and 5km from the Tauranga Harbour. As the area was milled by the previous owners, we have the opportunity to use the space to plant native trees!

We have a vision to transform the land into a native sanctuary for the next generation.

In 2018 we planted approximately 16,000 native trees on 4ha of land on the opposite side of the gully and would like to keep going, turning this area into a native corridor. Seeing this previously planted area establish and bring in lots of bird life has already been so rewarding. We will undertake weed management until the trees are established and have the area securely fenced from stock. We are going to plant this area with family, friends and colleagues, and will get the kids involved as much as possible.

This project is helping to restore land and wetlands on private land alongside the Taonui Stream halfway between Ohakune and Raetihi in the Ruapehu region. Around 8000 native trees have already been planted over the past 20 years by our extended family group on this 3.6ha site, with more than 300 in the past year (registered on TTC). These have been beech, manuka, ribbonwood, kowhai, kahikatea, rimu, pukatea, the extraordinary mountain cabbage tree, and many others - planted in and around existing mature beech forest, and in wetland areas. From 2023 the work will involve removing willow, blackberry and broom and then replanting a riverside corner to transform the remaining areas of land back into natives. Last summer 31 different species of birds were sighted on the property - one of the great joys that comes with planting native trees.

Project Mahitahi is a collaborative project between the community, iwi trust boards and iwi landowners, Nelson City Council, and the Government. There are 54 jobs being created though the Jobs for Nature programme, focusing on the restoration of the terrestrial ecosystems of the Maitai Mahitahi Valley.

The valley has its headwaters near Maungatapu, and spills into the Tasman Sea. 125,000 trees are to be planted to enhance biodiversity including at least 10% taonga species. In the 2020-2021 planting season, over 30,000 plants were planted by trainee rangers, community planters, and iwi landowners. While Project Mahitahi has funding to support employment, it is seeking further funding for trees so that we can restore this unique valley: from the upland podocarp beech forest with statuesque Tanekaha and Matai, to remnant forested areas of Tawa and Kamahi, to riparian margins of Tree Fuchsia, Nikau and Kahikatea. Nelson City Council, the wider Nelson community, and the iwi landholders in the catchment are experienced at, and committed to, planting and protecting these areas. Project Mahitahi builds on that knowledge. It is envisaged that this work will provide a food corridor for our native biodiversity including Tieke and the Nelson Green Gecko, and those birds that will soon be setting flight from the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary to the valleys beyond. To help these species thrive 24 ha of pest animal is underway. The work is on publicly accessible land where the benefits of the work can be enjoyed by all.

Two crises - climate change and the loss of biodiversity - drive the vision for Tupou. Tupou is a 1450 ha east-coast Northland, hill country sheep and beef farm. There is significant natural regeneration, primarily kanuka, and islands of 'remnant' native bush. Historic farm practice has included regular (as the fortunes of farming permit) spraying of the natural regeneration. Most of the farm is class 6 & 7 land. The long term vision is to rationalise land use, reforesting a significant area of the farm. The urgency demanded by the twin crises means that augmenting natural processes by planting of targeted native species is essential. If we are successful in implementing our vision, the area of the farm that will by reforested will be substantial.

26Ha block, including 8Ha in QEII covenant, and other less healthy bush blocks, half in grazing. We plan to restore the other bush blocks, and plant up to another 10Ha back into native bush- particularly the steep slopes.

Our planting projects is on a farm and forest block on the foothills of Mt Pirongia in the Waikato. Over 8Ha is already protected in a QEII covenant and is a mix of semi-mature and regenerating native bush flanking the lovely Mangawawe Stream.

Our initial Ecological survey by Ecological Potential confirms that this property is significant already with the broad species range in the QEII block, and we hope to plant native forests of a similar quality. Our planting plan has been created with the help of Wayne Bennett of Forest Flora NZ. We plan to plant the steep slopes of the grazing areas, hopefully up to 10 Ha in total. 2022 saw us concentrating on weed control, but we have managed to plant our first 2 paddocks- about 4500m2, and over 800 trees. We would like to plant at least a hectare per year for the next 5-8 years, retaining the better pasture for dry stock grazing. A separate 2.1Ha block of wilding pines have been poisoned and hopefully most of this will regenerate naturally. We will scatter canopy trees in here in the 'off' planting season once the needles have all dropped.

Lot 7 is the collective of land owners that together own a 6ha block of hill country located 15mins from Gisborne city. The Lot 7 owners have committed to retire and plant the entire 6ha hill back into native species. Their goal is to enhance the local native biodiversity and create a native forest that can be enjoyed by the community and provide seed for future native tree projects. Once complete the Lot 7 native tree project will be one of the largest contiguous pieces of native bush within view of central Gisborne and will be an encouragement to small land/lifestyle owners of what can be achieved with native regeneration.

A decade or more ago it became clear that in the highly modified landscape of Arrowtown any biodiversity values that had managed to survive fires, gold mining and the introduction of pest species were under threat. Wilding trees were taking over the hillsides, and weasels, stoats, possums and rats were preying on native fauna. If we wanted to bring back endangered geckos and skinks, to have native birds in our gardens, we would have to take action.

What started as several unrelated projects – a Project Gold effort to reclaim Feehly Hill, the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust's native planting programme, and a few friends with loppers and pruning saws called the Arrowtown Choppers – has become a much larger movement. Residents, businesses and landowners are working together to restore the landscape in a way that balances expanding biodiversity with retaining features that make Arrowtown special, such as the famous autumn colour.

The community-run Arrowtown Wilding Group is coordinating the massive project of removing invasive exotic trees from the hills around the village. First step was to begin the logging the Coronet Forest, the source of pine seeds, and getting contractors in to remove the conifers that were starting to blot out the deciduous trees that turn dazzling gold and red in autumn.

Of course you can't just cut trees down – you have to replace them with more suitable species. The Arrowtown Choppers have trial revegetation sites where they're working out which non-invasive species will do well in difficult locations and give a display of colour in autumn, but in the end it's all about getting plants in the ground. That's where the wider community comes in.

Hundreds of volunteers armed with shovels and an abundance of enthusiasm have planted tens of thousands of shrubs and trees over the last six or so years. There are about a dozen community planting days each year and just one can see thousands of seedlings planted, staked and protected. It's a great family day out, with businesses putting on barbecues and donating prizes to add to the fun at the biggest events. With the spread of wildings coming under control, the Arrowtown Wilding Strategy aims to see at least 100,000 native trees planted.

We're starting to see the benefits of the wilding removal and revegetation, as well as the trapping work of Predator Free Arrowtown. The green blocks interrupting the autumn colour of Tobins Face have gone, the spread of wildings into the mountains is under control, and our gardens are already being visited by more native birds such as tui and korimako/bellbirds.

The New Zealand Kiwi Foundation Charitable Trust was set up to take care of the Donny Estate in Russell. There is a three step development plan in progress on the land. The first step has been to develop walking tracks through the land to provide easy access for subsequent activities, and the second was to introduce predator control. Kiwi nesting boxes have been placed for kiwi and we are seeing signs that they're being used. We are now focused on controlling weeds so that the infill planting of the mature bush can begin, and so that our native birds, insects and invertebrates can all thrive in the area.

I have a small rural block in Puketapu/Waihau district of Hawkes Bay. We are surrounded by sheep and beef farms with a lot of gorge networks. About 3 years ago we decided to retire a 2ha paddock and put back into native trees… in that time we've been able to get 4555 trees in the ground, 900 of which have been funded from trees that count. Having the block close to the house has been a great advantage in being able to visually monitor and tend to trees on a daily basis... also able to keep on top of pest control. Planting the trees is the easy part, there is a lot of work required after planting to get these trees to stand up on their own feet. The elements are always throwing new challenges as do the predators. There are two small ponds which we intend to restore once the trees have established. Once the trees start to flower and fruit we will start to monitor the native wild life and ramp up the predator control for the birds and all the other native critters. We hope to complete planting by the 2023/24 seasons. Having have trees donated through Trees that Count has helped make this project possible. Also knowing that individuals and corporations have being generous enough to fund trees to projects like this has given us MORE drive to see it succeed for people to enjoy today and future generations.

We have a 27 ha property near Palmerston North comprising an large stand of mature bush with adjacent grassland. The original owner, Hugh Oxenham, placed the property under QE2 covenant in 2005 before commencing to plant large areas in pioneer species. We continued the planting after acquiring the property in 2013, adding another 9000 plants in 2017/18. Approximately 2 ha of grassland remains to be planted and the already established new planting need to be interplanted with specimens of the larger tree species. It is our intention to finish planting the grassland areas, 1 ha in each of 2023 and 2024. We would also like to continue adding the larger specimen species over the next 5 years or so. Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.

This is a community-led initiative that is inspiring the locals to actively restore the natural character of the Ohiwa Headland in order to create a Sanctuary for native flora and fauna to thrive.

The Ohiwa Headland is an area of rich biodiversity values and unique ecosystems including pohutukawa forests (that are unimpeded to the sea by manmade structures), coastal dunes and marshland. As a result, the Headland hosts a myriad of species including seabirds (grey-faced petrels, blue penguin), marshbirds (banded rail, fernbird), shorebirds (NZ dotterels, variable oystercatchers, godwits) and forest species (kereru, kaka, tui, kiwi, weka, geckos). Sites within the Headland are already recognized as having Outstanding Ecological Values.

Since its inception in December 2016, the Ōhiwa Headland Sanctuary Trust have successfully set up the 'perimeter' of the Headland with 140 DOC200 traps following community donations. The Trust has further set up 146 rat traps in residential backyards and are now working to manage the 'interior' of the Headland for possums, rats and mustelids using a kill trap regime of Sentinels and A24 traps.

Following on from the predator control set-up, the Ohiwa Headland Sanctuary Trust are looking to increase restoration efforts to provide greater protected habitat for the existing native biodiversity and supporting landowners to achieve this through a mixture of plant pest control and restoration plantings.

We're a young farming couple who are starting our journey to improve the biodiversity of our sheep and beef farm in Porangahau, Central Hawke's Bay.

Last year we planted over 1,700 natives along our waterways, which is the first step in our plan to progressively fence and plant the waterways on our property. Not only do we have to comply with upcoming farm waterway and planting legislative changes, we WANT to. We believe that by starting the native planting journey now, we will in-turn encourage our neighbours to join us, simply by looking over the fence and seeing what's going on at our place, we hope that others in our area will join in and get planting. Together, we will enhance the biodiversity of our area and be able to pass on a thriving native forest to our children. We're lucky to be supported by a local nursery Tree Guys in Central Hawke's Bay, who specialise in native planting and have partnered with us in our native planting thus far. This ensures the native trees are endemic to our area and will thrive where they are planted.

Pukerua is a mixed dairy and beef farm in the North Waikato. We are situated next to the 7,000 hectare Whangamarino Wetland and therefore feel we have a responsibility to be an exemplar of sustainable farming practices.

As part of our commitment to our community and the landscape that nourishes us, we have a target of establishing, enhancing and protecting indigenous habitat across 25% of our farm. To date we have planted 20,000 native trees but still have plenty of work to do. We have identified an area on the farm that has remnant bush that we would like to connect to a wetland seep, and expand to some surrounding steeper land to form a block of 3.2 ha. This area would protect and enhance a watershed that connects to the Whangamarino Stream less than 700m from the Wetland itself. This project would see the 0.3ha of wetland restored and the 0.7ha of remnant expanded to provide an ecosystem that improves water quality and habitat for indigenous species and to provide a safe corridor to our other protected areas.

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