100,000 native seedlings planted in the Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway

A milestone year for Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway 

Past and present trustees and coordinators gathered at Joyce Reserve in Glentunnel to celebrate the planting of the 100,000th native seedling in the Te Ara Kākāriki Canterbury Greenway last week.

Glentunnel school students, Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage, Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton and local leaders joined the trust to plant five Podocarpus tōtara to mark the milestone.

Te Ara Kākāriki began planting native species in Selwyn in 2009 with the aim of restoring biodiversity to Canterbury through the creation of a native Greenway or corridor. The vision is to create a series of Greendots or small forests, linking the mountains to the sea and Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, providing habitat for indigenous birds and wildlife.  Later this year the trust will plant their 100th Greendot site.

Trust Co-Chair Craig Pauling addressed guests, acknowledging the community and leader for their support on the journey. The story of the trust he said was “a story of vison, collaboration and perseverance.”  In the early 2000’s “people thought we might be a bit crazy.”  The first reaction when approaching one group about planting on their site was why?

The Canterbury Plains has less than .5% native coverage. “It was a struggle at the start, it was tough to find funding” Craig said,  (Funders) “only wanted to protect remnants, we wanted to add to them, create the remnants of tomorrow, to recreate the corridor that was there in the past”

Minister Sage congratulated Te Ara Kākāriki, “getting to 100,000 trees is a magnificent achievement and an awful lot of hard mahi.” She acknowledged the contribution of the landowners, nurseries and all involved as there is a lot of work put in before and after the planting of each seedling.

Te Ara Kākāriki have been planting with Glentunnel School at the Joyce Reserve Greendot for four years adding to work of the Coalgate/Glentunnel Reserve Committee. There is now a great mix of young and established native plantings at the site, making a stunning recreation and picnic spot just off State Highway 77 beside the Waikirikiri/Selwyn river.

TAK patron, former trustee Ian Spellerberg cuts the cake to celebrate 100,000 native plants

Glentunnel school students assisted Minister Sage, Mayor Broughton and Committee Chair Phillip Shaw to plant the tōtara before finishing off the celebration with a cake and drinks. The students later planted another 250 native seedlings as part of a Te Ara Kākāriki Kids Discovery Plantout day. Sixteen Selwyn schools are taking part in the Kids Discovery Plantout Programme this year giving students the opportunity to learn about and improve their local ecosystem through planting and related activities such as invertebrate investigations and pest monitoring.

Te Ara Kākāriki have also held three community planting days with volunteers this Spring. The last public plant-out of 2020 will be held on Saturday October 3 in West Melton. More volunteers are welcome and further information can be found HERE

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Future Proof and Nature Rich with Nicola Toki

For those who missed out or would like to listen again, hear Nicola Toki address guests at the Friends of Te Ara Kākāriki meeting in July 2020

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Friends of Te Ara Kākāriki Meeting – July 22nd, 2020

A Milestone year ahead for Te Ara Kākāriki

Te Ara Kākāriki Co-Chair Craig Pauling greeted over eighty guests at the friends of Te Ara Kākāriki meeting at Lincoln University on Wednesday evening.

Craig spoke of the journey of Te Ara Kākāriki and reflected on the trust achievements in 2019 including the planting of 20,000 native seedlings with the help of 1,700 volunteers. , He acknowledged the contribution of many to achieving Te Ara Kākāriki’s vision to create a native Greenway, linking the Canterbury foothills to the sea, TeWaihora/Lake Ellesmere and Banks Peninsula. Continue reading

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Applications open for 2021 Landowner planting assistance – Closing June 7th

Are you planning to plant your own native Greendot in 2021?

Landowners who are looking to restore a part of their property back to native forest in 2021 are encouraged to apply to Te Ara Kākāriki for native planting assistance.

If you or your community group have a piece of land of at least 1100m2 that can contain 500 native plants and are wanting to restore the site for biodiversity, then please apply.

Successful applicants will receive one or a combination of the following: Continue reading

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Diana Isaac Cup – Apply now!

Together with Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust , Te Ara Kākāriki invite individuals or community groups who have created a Greendot to apply for this award.

This is a way to celebrate and reward exceptional efforts re-establishing indigenous habitat in the Selwyn District especially those who have involved the community in their projects.

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Native Greendots Tour – Sunday April 5th

Due to Covid-19 restrictions our Greendot Tour has been cancelled and Stackwoods Bend planting day has been postponed.  Please check back in May for news on our Friends of Te Ara kākāriki meeting coming up in July.

Join Te Ara Kākāriki on one of our annual Greendot Tours to see what we’ve been up to and how planting native plant species can add to biodiversity. Continue reading

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Join Te Ara Kākāriki as Coordinator Support

Applications now closed

Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Canterbury Trust seek a paid intern to assist the current coordinator with day to day running of the trust as well as host weekend planting events in Spring. Continue reading

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Apply for assistance planting your Greendot in 2020

Landowners who are looking to create or extend a greendot planting on their property can apply for assistance with their project here: Applications now closed  (opening again in May)

Successful applicants can receive one or a combination of the following: Continue reading

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Te Ara Kākāriki Plantout Tour visits four unique sites

The Te Ara Kākāriki team and their guests were pleased to experience a pleasantly mild morning for the beginning of Sunday’s Plantout Tour. The tour is held annually and provides an opportunity for interested locals to come along and see examples of the trusts work and learn about Canterbury ecology. Continue reading

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Te Ara Kakariki Plantout Tour – Sunday April 7th

Please note: Due to the weather on April 7th we postponed the Plantout Tour to this coming weekend of Sunday April 14th.

Please email [email protected] if you would like to register. If you have already done so, we’ll see you on Sunday. Continue reading

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