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Puniu River / Mangatoatoa Marae Planting

Tree Planting Event

Sun, Sep 18, 2016
Sun, Sep 18, 2016
3875, 66 Te Mawhai Rd, Tokanui 3875, New Zealand


It has rained hard all night and the event site will be too dangerous for a family day.  Sincere apologies but watch this space for the next planting date!

Despite cancelling the event, the core crew at Puniu RIver care still needed to get the plants in the ground, so braving the rain we geared up and got over 1000 trees in the ground.

This is just the first planting of many to come.  Amazing work being done by Shannon and the crew and we’re honoured to be a part of this ongoing project to clean up the Puniu River and help bring back the clean water that once supported so much life and community.


For the Waikato portion of this year’s Love your Water program we’re very excited to be partnering with Puniu River Care who have built and maintain and incredible native plant nursery, right on site at the Mangatoatoa Marae.

The Puniu River Care society was formed in 2015, and incorporates members from marae along the riverbank, the goal is to lead a shared vision for the Pūniu River, and formulate a plan that will successfully have the catchment restored and maintained to a state that people can enjoy.

Significant time and effort has been put into upskilling members of the society by providing a marae based programme for planting – WINTEC have successfully delivered a NZQA Level 2 horticulture course from the Mangatoatoa marae. We are grateful for the mara kai grant provided by the Te Puni Kokiri, which was used to successfully build a nursery at the marae for food crops, which also produced 8000 healthy native plants.

Simply meet from 10.00am at the Mangatoatoa Marae. Look for our blue Sustainable Coastlines flags. You can stay for as little or as long as you like, but we’ll have tea, coffee from Eighthirty, and refreshments from Phoenix Drinks followed by a BBQ for all volunteers, corporate groups and schools involved.

Come along and get your hands dirty and plant new native trees to help the regeneration of this special river.

We provide:
  • Trees and planting site
  • A planting tutorial
  • Gloves
  • Spades
  • Drinks: water and juice plus tea and coffee for adults
  • Access to toilets
  • Health & safety documents
  • First aid kits and first aid trained staff
  • Photographs

What to bring:

  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy. This is critical for Health & Safety considerations: those not wearing closed-toe shoes will not be able to participate.
  • Warm and waterproof clothes. At least one warm top layer and a rain jacket.
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle (filled up and ready to go)
  • Bring a camera (optional). We would love to see your event photos! Use the tag #loveyourwater on social media or email photos to oliver@sustainablecoastlines.org

More information

Contact Oliver Vetter on oliver@sustainablecoastlines.org or call on 021 025 98301.

Sponsorship: We are always looking for caring corporates to get behind our projects and in return we offer our supporters a range of unique, high-value brand alignment, media exposure and hands-on opportunities. Click here to find out more about our sponsorship options.


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We’re looking for caring corporates to get behind the project. We need to raise funds to cover essential logistical, health & safety and administrative costs to ensure this project’s success in each region. Sponsorship is therefore vital. Check out the opportunities below to see how we can work together.

We offer sponsors:

  • A team building tree planting activity with your staff during one of our existing event days. We will provide equipment and trees, however you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the site.
  • License to Sustainable Coastlines logos for use on web, marketing and other promotional materials during the course of the event.
  • Love Your Water project report with metrics achieved through planting and educational work (great for CSR / sustainability reporting and marketing).
  • Access and permission to use all event images, footage and results.
  • Exposure through logo positioning on:
    • The official regional event page(s) on Sustainable Coastlines website.
    • Regional promotional collateral such as social media posts, event posters.
  • Opportunity to provide marketing material, run competitions and/or provide giveaways during the event. (Materials used in giveaways must be mutually agreed – with responsible packaging etc).

Sponsorship is available at two levels:

$1,000: Regional Sponsor
Includes all of the above.

$5,000: Regional Partner
Includes all of the above and in addition:

  • Delivery of our multimedia Love Your Water educational presentation at your office (this has been proven to help motivate staff to get involved).
  • Logo on 4×1 metre event banner for photo opportunities (used across all regions).
  • Logo on Love Your Water project report mentioned above.
  • Mention of your support to Sustainable Coastlines’ social media networks (combined audience of 12,500).
  • Mention of your support to our mailing list (5,100 subscribers).
  • Mention of your brand during media interviews wherever possible (we have a strong profile in the media – see examples here).

What next?

Please call Camden Howitt on 021 212 7287 or email camden@sustainablecoastlines.org if you are interested in this opportunity or would like any further information.