About us:

Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust is an incorporated Charitable Trust with the goal of increasing biodiversity in Canterbury.

Our mission is to create a ‘Greenway’ – a corridor of native biodiversity Greendots between the Waimakiriri and Rakaia rivers, linking the mountains to the sea and Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere.

We run four programmes:

The Greendot Programme

Working with private and public landowners we can provide restoration planning, plants, advice, volunteer planters and monitoring for landowners in the Selwyn District. Our focus is on planting the right tree at each unique site and educating the community while increasing biodiversity and creating stepping stones in the Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway. Read more…

The Kids Discovery Plantout Programme

This programme is a successful collaboration between Te Ara Kākāriki, Enviroschools and Lincoln University. Currently working with 14 Selwyn schools, we provide an opportunity for students to learn about native biodiversity through hands on experience in adopting a  a native ecosystem close to the student’s school. Through planting and monitoring days the students take on a role of kaitiakitanga or guardianship for their special place and together contribute to restoring the native
ecosystems across the Canterbury Plains.
Read more…

The Annual Canterbury Plantouts

This Spring we will host four public planting days at a selection of greendot sites.

For our two larger plantouts, buses transport participants from points around Christchurch and outer suburbs to multiple Greendot sites for a full day of planting. For these days lunch, snacks and drinks are provided. We also host a shorter self drive day. Find out about this Spring’s events here.

We also host a small number of weekday
plantings with corporate or staff groups.
Find out how your team can take part here.

Jobs for Nature Projects

We have received Department of Conservation Kaimahi for Nature funding for three years from July 2021. This enables the employment of four Kaimahi / Restoration Field Workers over three years to restore and establish two large Legacy Sites, creating valuable and much needed biodiversity havens in the Selwyn District. The sites include Te Pae O Ahuriri, in the lower catchment of Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere and Ōkakaraiti, our Springfield Legacy site in the upper catchment as well as contributing to a number of smaller ‘Greendot’ sites in the Tai Tapu-Ōtāhuna Biodiversity Cluster.
Work will include site preparation, planting and maintenance of over 50,000 plants at as well as pest control, fencing, community engagement and building infrastructure.

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