Dear volunteers. We have now formally CLOSED registrations for September 22nd. As there are always a few last minute cancellations, we have a few spaces remaining for volunteers.

For late registrations, please email [email protected] or call Elizabeth 021 1899 961 with your details and suburb.

Alternatively, we will be having a smaller planting day with the Student volunteer army on Saturday October 6th in Tai Tapu, and others are also most welcome. 

For those of you registered, you should have now received a message with details for the plantout.

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 invites those with an interest in the environment or those that love getting outdoors or those that want to contribute. Get involved. Volunteer to become active agents of change. You can volunteer for one of both of the Canterbury Plantout days in spring.


To get involved in planting natives across the Canterbury plains email [email protected]

Details about our large Spring Planting days:

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

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 and food.

FOOD: Depending on the budget of the plantout, we will provide morning tea, a filling fresh lunch and afternoon tea. On our largest day, we finish the day with an early dinner and live music. Upon registering, please indicate your dietary needs.

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

REGISTER: Volunteers must register events – usually posted two months before an event, and closing two days before the event.

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.

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