Maketū Tree Planting Day – ANZ LYW Tour 2020 | Sustainable Coastlines

Covid safety at our events

  1. If you, or anyone you live with feels ill, please do not attend.
  2. All attendees should follow cough and sneeze etiquette: Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (dispose of tissue immediately).
  3. Bring gloves to the event if you have them available at home. Although we will have freshly washed gloves for those who need.
  4. Wash and sanitise your hands regularly.
  5. Social distancing of 2m must be adhered to for those outside your bubble.
  6. The event may be cancelled at late notice due to the unfolding situation.
  7. Our full Covid-19 Protocol is available at this link.

Event results

Collaboration is what we do, and the Maketū leg of the ANZ Love Your Water Tour exemplified this.

The planting was on retired DoC land, prepped and maintained by Maketū Ongatoro Wetlands Society, trees funded and provided by Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and plants planted by local and non-local volunteers.

Hands big and small have joined together to give native plants a new home on the grassy banks of the Wharere Canal. 17 ANZ staff and 61 children from Fairhaven School started the planting on Thursday, followed by a public day on Saturday where people came from as far as Auckland to help out.

BOPRC Land Management Officer Richard Lyons said the vision is to create a corridor for nature from the coast to the hills.

“Planting this site creates an extension of the nearby Waihi Estuary Wildlife Management Reserve and wetland and helps towards this vision,” Mr Lyons said.

The marginal strip is an access point to the nearby wildlife reserve which is home to a variety of special and endangered wetland bird species including Australasian bittern. The reserve is available to the public, can be accessed by foot and has a no dogs rule to protect the wildlife.

Thanks to all those that came, see you next year!

Event details

Aug 2020

Remember to bring:

  • Gumboots or sturdy, closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy, this is critical for Health & Safety considerations.
  • Warm and waterproof clothes. At least one warm top layer and a rain jacket.
  • Sun hat and sunscreen.
  • Lunch!
  • 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 and @sustainablecoastlines on social media

We will provide: 

  • Trees and planting site
  • A planting tutorial
  • Gloves
  • Spades
  • Refreshments and snacks
  • Health & safety documentation and briefing
  • First aid kits and first aid trained staff
  • Photographs

ANZ and Sustainable Coastlines invite you to join us for an epic planting day as part of the ANZ Love Your Water Tour 2020.

Bring your family, friends and colleagues on Saturday 8th August and we’ll arm you with all the knowledge and tools to get going. Planting starts at 9:30am and will be going until early afternoon. 

Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi/Maketū Estuary is a landing place of Te Arawa waka and a traditional food bowl of Te Arawa people. The estuary (and its ability to be the food bowl) has been considerably degraded by wetland drainage, stop-banking around its margins, land use intensification, and the diversion of Kaituna River undertaken by the Crown and the Kaituna River Board in 1956.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s ‘Kaituna River Re-diversion Project’ aims to restore at least 20 percent of the Kaituna River’s freshwater flows into the Maketū estuary. This project also aims to restore wetland habitat at the site through the planting of stopbanks to support the establishment of 20ha of saltmarsh. A significant replanting programme will see over 100,000+ native saltmarsh species planted over the coming years.

This planting is on the land of the Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society, and the trees are being supplied by BOPRC.

Places are limited for this event so please register on the form below to confirm your attendance. Even if you can only spare a few hours we would love to see you there.

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