Long Bay Planting Day with Arena Living | Sustainable Coastlines

Event impacts


Event Details

Sep 2019

What do you need to bring?

  • Closed-toe sturdy shoes, such as sneakers, sports shoes, tramping boots or gumboots are required for participation.
  • Warm and waterproof clothes: NZ weather is unpredictable. Bring at least one warm top layer and a rain jacket.
  • Sun hat and sun cream.
  • Reusable water bottle, filled-up and ready to go – we will have plenty of refills.
  • Snacks to keep you going.
  • Camera (optional) – this is a unique and beautiful location and we’d love to see your photos. Use #loveyourcoast on social media or email to [email protected]
  • Your old mobile phone to recycle through the RE:Mobile phone recycling scheme.

What does Sustainable Coastlines provide?

  • Trees and planting site
  • A planting tutorial
  • Gloves
  • Spades
  • Drinks: Water and juice, tea and coffee
  • A delicious healthy lunch thanks to New World Long Bay
  • Health & safety documents and briefing
  • First aid kits and first aid trained staff
  • Photographs
  • Our Love Your Water presentation delivered on-site by our experienced educators


With rain forecast for the week before and after, we were blessed to have our planting day on 7 September free from rain. We planted 939 trees at Long Bay Reserve, which could not have happened if it wasn’t for our awesome partner, Arena Living, who sponsored the day.

The enthusiastic bunch of 69 tree planters were made up of Area Living staff and retirees, Long Bay College and Westlake Boys High School students and staff, Kaipatiki project coordinators, local residents, and others who were just keen to be a part of this awesome day.

Following the introduction and heath and safety briefing by Programmes Manager Fletcher Sunde, Kaipaitki and Sustainable Coastlines staff lead everyone to the planting site and conducted thorough planting demonstrations. Having the experience of these instructors on the day meant that every plant planted on the day had the best chance of becoming a full grown adult.

The volunteers worked hard, with the wet and heavily grassed terrain making for challenging planting conditions. The species of choice for this planting were harakeke (flax), kānuka, mānuka, marbleleaf, and tī kōuka (cabbage tree). All the trees were sourced locally from either Paremoremo Prison nursery or the local Auckland Council nursery.

New World Long Bay refuelled the team with chicken rolls before we planted the remaining few hundred trees. In classic Kiwi style, planting wrapped up just before the All Blacks were about to kick off.

Thanks to all those who came!! We look forward to seeing you next time!





Sustainable Coastlines and Arena Living invite you to be a park of an awesome, fun day of riparian restoration at the beautiful Long Bay Regional Park. Long Bay is one of Auckland’s jewels and we’re excited to be given the opportunity to be part of its rejuvenation. The planting event will be run on September 7th from 10am until early afternoon

This will be a special day with the involvement of Kaipatiki Project, who will be bringing along their new cohort of restoration coordinators to help facilitate your planting experience. We’ll also be delivering our well known Love Your Water presentation on freshwater ecosystems and threats to give you some additional motivation.

Places are limited for this event so please register on the form below to confirm your attendance.

What does the day involve?

  • 9:45am Registration opens at Vaughan Flats, Long Bay Regional Park (please see map here). Tea and coffee served.
  • 10:00am Opening words from Sustainable Coastlines and Arena Living.
  • 10:10am Safety briefing and planting demonstration.
  • 12:30pm Return to home base for lunch thanks to New World Long Bay.
  • 13:00pm Photo and quick formalities, back to planting for those who wish to stay.
  • 14:00pm Event ends

More Information

For more information, please contact Fletcher on [email protected]

Getting there

Long Bay Regional Park is situated about 20 minutes north of Auckland City. There are two entrances to the park, marked on our map here. Please park in the parks designated the walk to the planting area along the highlighted path (please do not walk along the roadway). We will have volunteers on hand to guide you. There is a drop-off spot for the elderly and disabled next to the planting site, please see the map.