Plantout Days 2021


Please check dates for plantouts carefully as there have been some changes. You can also read a list of precautions the TAK team will take at plantouts at the bottom of this page. 

This year we have four Community Plantout Days planned.

For all our Plantout Days an ecologist will speak about Te Ara Kākāriki and local biodiversity and you will be given a planting demonstration.  We will provide spades, clean gloves, drinking water and cups, morning and afternoon tea. A toilet will be available at each site.

Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates and reminders. Once you register we will send any updates about specific events by email.

September 25th (Saturday) –  Buses and Lunch will be provided on this day although those who can drive can do so as buses can only be half full. We will be planting at multiple sites in the Lincoln and Tai Tapu areas. Two groups of volunteers will plant at separate sites for the morning, both groups will come together to plant at our new Legacy site in the afternoon and the buses will return you back in the afternoon.

Register for September 25th HERE

October 2nd (Saturday) – Join us to plant at two West Melton sites, extending on planting at Nut Point Centre and starting a new Greendot at a site 10 minutes away. This is a self drive, BYO Lunch Plant. Register for October 2nd HERE

October 10th (Sunday) –  Join us to plant at this Tai Tapu wetland site, extending on last years planting. We will plant over 20 native species, including kowai, tōtara, lacebark, carex, flax and cabbage trees to make more valuable habitat for our native species. This is a self drive, BYO Lunch Plantout. Register for October 10th HERE

October 17th (Sunday) –

Buses and Lunch will be provided on this day of planting although self drive is available due to reduced capacity of buses at Alert Level 2. We will plant at multiple sites in the Springfield / Darfield / Hororata area where we are adding new greendots and you will see some established natives nearby. There will be two buses travelling to two separate sites during the day, returning you back in the afternoon.

Register for October 17th HERE

Other planting opportunities:

Te Ara Kakariki can organise a planting day for your staff team or community group in October. This year we have two sites available, one in Rakaia and one in Malvern Hills. For more info on staff planting days Click HERE.

For enquiries email [email protected]

Why become a volunteer?

With less than 1% of vegetation remaining on the Canterbury Plains, we need you help to plant native Greendots. Every year Te Ara Kākāriki plants natives at a number of sites.

Te Ara Kākāriki encourage those with an interest in the environment, those that love getting outdoors and those that want to want to be around like minded people to get involved.

Volunteer to become active agents of change.

Details about our large Spring Planting days (September)

TRANSPORT: Upon registering, you will be able to choose the closest bus pickup location for you in the Christchurch or Selwyn District. The bus will take you to the sites, and back by 5pm.

PLANTING SITES: You will plant at a morning, and afternoon site, so you will experience a range of plants according to the soil, topography and micro climates. Sites vary within Selwyn, depending on the scheduled event.

THE DAY: We have ecologists laying plants, there will be a demonstration of how to plant, and opportunities for question and answers about the native plants selected for each site. There will be two concurrent groups, visiting at least two sites over the day

WE PROVIDE: Gloves and spades. Snacks and drinks.

FOOD: Please advise of dietary requirements when registering.

BRING: Please bring your friends and family, sturdy shoes, a sun hat and lots of enthusiasm.

REGISTER: Volunteers must register for events – this is via an online form, usually posted six weeks before the event, closing two days before the planting or when buses are full.

SMALL DONATION: Most of the funds for restoration projects are provided through public funding. This is the one time in the year we ask for a small contribution from volunteers. Please consider giving $10 per adult, and $5 per child to help us cover our costs. Click the yellow donate button – top right to donate.

POSTPONEMENT DATES: We always have a back up day the week after in case of bad weather, please note the postponement date when registering.


Plantouts can go ahead providing we are at Alert Level 1 or 2.  The following precautions will be in place at our plantouts in Level 2:

  • QR codes and sign in options available
  • Extra hand sanitiser and handwashing facilities will be available
  • Food provided by Te Ara kākāriki will be prepackaged
  • No flasks for hot drinks or finger foods will be available
  • Where buses are provided, masks may be required. Capacity will be reduced to allow social distancing. Directions for self drivers will be provided.
  • Social distancing at plantouts will be required at Alert Level 2 for those not in the same bubble
  • Participants must stay home if unwell!

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