Highlights from the Plantout Tour 2016

Selwyn residents gathered on Saturday April 16th  to learn about native planting on the Canterbury Plains and hear from experts and other landowners.

Learning from existing restoration projects

“I gained in extensive knowledge of the basic steps for planning, planting and maintenance for native trees in a variety of places across Selwyn. The Speakers took time to explain the benefits and difficulties of planting in each place. I’m now inspired to plant natives myself. We were a warmly welcomed group by Te Ara Kakariki- Canterbury Greenway Trust. I felt privileged to learn first hand from the native greendot landowners also”. (Julia Guthrey – participant)

Andrew Luddington's greendot.

Andrew Luddington’s greendot.

Sue Cumberworth (Te Ara Kakariki Trustee and Co-Chair  - Tai Tapu resident) shared her impressions:  “Seeing the plant growth of 2, 4, or 6 years after we planted them is so rewarding. To see the habitat in action with insects in birds is a success. I was particularly interested to hear the key speakers, such as Mike (Mike Bowie, Lincoln University) share about insects and monitoring that the school children undertake. 

Native Nettle at the MacBean Estate farm near Te Waihora

Native Nettle at the MacBean Estate farm near Te Waihora

I learnt so much from Jason (Jason Butt, Waiora Forest Landscapes) about the vegetation around the lake. I had no idea about the populations of rushes, grasses, native nettle, and the natural low number of woody plants near the lake”. 

What is TAK about?

The amount of remaining native vegetation in Canterbury is one of the lowest in New Zealand. Less than 1% of the original vegetation remains and the majority of the region is classified as either ‘acutely threatened’ and ‘at risk’ or ‘critically under-protected’ (Walker, et al., 2006). In the Selwyn District the situation is even more critical where less than 0.5% of the native vegetation remains (Meurk, pers. comm.).

The Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust was established in 2006 to promote native plants and native plant communities on the Canterbury Plains. TAK is a community initiative that meets the needs of a growing number of people wishing to make use of native plants – for all reasons. The name was inspired by the native Kākāriki – the endangered yellow-crowned and orange-fronted green parakeets. Te Ara means pathway and Kākāriki also means green.

Kākāriki, the Yellow-crowned (Cyanoramphus auriceps) and Orange-fronted Parakeet (C. malherbi) are an icon species and inspiration for Te Ara Kākāriki, rather than the focus of our concept. It is the long term vision of the project to see the return of these species to the Plains area. Historic records suggest that in the later years of the 1800s, when beech tree seed was bountiful during mast seeding years, the parakeets would have a breeding boom and disperse from upland valley forest onto the Canterbury Plains.

A major objective of the Trust is to encourage and provide assistance to both public and private landowners in the protection of existing indigenous vegetation and in the establishment of new areas of biodiversity plantings, otherwise known as “Greendots”.

We are always looking for financial support, interested landowners, and volunteers to get involved with the work of the Trust to build on the progress being made across the Canterbury plains. For more information on TAK, see the TAK brochure.

Our Canterbury Plantout sponsors in 2015:   Gold sponsor –  Living Water, a partnership between the Department of Conservation and Fonterra.  Silver Sponsor – Selwyn District Council. And all our other sponsors:  Environment Canterbury, The Canterbury Community Trust, The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Waihora Ellesmere trust.

plantout sponsors 2015 logos

17 Responses to Home

  1. Dot Lovell-Smith says:

    I turn 70 in November and would like to organise a birthday celebration that includes some tree planting. Is any planting still going on that late in the year?
    Is there a good site in the North Canterbury area ( grew up in Cheviot) where we could do a days planting either in Nov or earlier in the year?
    Im not sure yet how many volunteers I can enthuse but I’m willing to give it a go.

    • Elizabeth Guthrey says:

      Hi Dot,
      I do know of a landowner from one of our greendot sites that is looking for helpers sooner rather than later. Would you like me to get in touch with them? how many people do you think you could pull together in lets say, two or three weeks?


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  2. Kate says:

    Hi, we would like to establish a Greendot, happy to do the planting ourselves if we are able to get some assistance with the plants. Can you let me know if there is funding available for this?

    • Elizabeth Guthrey says:

      Hi Kate,
      I have just taken over part of the coordinator role at Te Ara Kakariki, and came across your unanswered message on the website. Just in case you are still keen one year on, I’ll send you an email now with a form o fill out.

  3. Hamish Kelland says:

    I am a tutor at the BHU Organic College at Lincoln. As an on-going project our Year1 students have been replanting a burnt out old traditional pine shelter belt with mixed natives to enhance biodiversity on the BHU Farm. The class is very keen for a field trip to see other plantings in the vicinity. Are you able to suggest a property that I could approach

  4. Peter Galbraith says:

    Hi there. Just read your article in the University of Canterbury magazine, and have made plans for this weekend. But I was wondering if you could add me to your e-mail list so I can hear about up-coming plantings. I’d love to get involved, as I’d love to come down and help out!

  5. Brooke says:

    Hi Helen, we have nearly finished our planting for the 2011 year, but will be organising site visits to new sites in November. I have added you to our list and will email in October to come and visit your site. Thanks for your interest, Brooke

  6. Neil O'Brien says:

    Hi, I have been in touch with Brooke about speaking to our group which is Pegasus U3A, Botany/geology subgroup. As she is unable to visit us this time, she has suggested that two ladies from your group could come speak to us. The meeting date is Monday 5 September at 10am. We usually have about 40 or so members. If these ladies can help out I can give details of where we meet and info about visual aids etc. Look forward to hearing from you.

  7. Denis McMurtrie says:

    As a resident of the Papanui and as retired teacher of Papanui High School I have a vision to bring back part of the Papanui Bush and in so doing native birds into the area. As well as this on the same land along with the Papanui Heritage group we want to develop a museum as an ecological learning centre and to save Papanui Archives.
    It is early days yet. I have produced an information booklet with site plans etc and am presently trying to set up some form of Governance and a management team.
    Denis McMurtrie

  8. Peter Hill says:

    We, in Dunsandel, are enthusiastic about establishing ‘green dots’ in this area. Historical and on-going loss of biodiversity, together with recent removal of shelter belts, have ensured urgent need for much environmental compensation. Farmers around Dunsandel will, I am sure, be very keen to assist with land pockets for this project.

    • Brooke says:

      Hi Peter. Thanks for your email and interest in the greendot project. We are gearing up for a plantout weekend on the 10th and 11th of September and would welcome you along. I have added you to our list and will make contact in October, to come out and chat about potential greendots in your area.

  9. Barrie Keenan says:

    The Kain family want to include an address to which cheques made out to the Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Trust can be posted in memory of Bill Kain who died on Friday 25 March. The Order fo Service for the funeral needs to be printed tomorrow Tuesday 29 March. What address can we give please. Kind regards. Barrie Keenan

    • Brooke says:

      We are in the process of setting up online payments as we upgrade our site. Until this occurs donations can be made by cheque to Te Ara Kakariki, 32 Larsen Rd, Halswell

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