Volunteer

Thank you to all those who volunteered with us in 2022!

This season Te Ara Kākāriki have planted over 43,000 native seedlings at 37 different Greendots. Our amazing volunteers were responsible for planting 9,695 of those, Selwyn School students planted 5,848 plants and our wonderful Kaimahi for Nature team planted the remainder. 

Planting days for 2023 are planned for mid August through to mid October, please check back for dates after February.  

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Te Ara Kākāriki Community Plantout Days

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.

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.

Staff Planting Days:

Te Ara Kakariki can organise a planting day for your staff team or community group in September or October 2023.  For more info on staff planting days Click HERE.

For enquiries email [email protected]

Details about our large Spring Planting Days planned for early September and early October 2023

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.

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