Ōtautahi (Christchurch) Tree Planting, Waimakariri River #2 | Sustainable Coastlines

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Event impacts

It was another beautiful Winter Saturday morning when 30 volunteers descended on the Waimakariri River Regional Park to plant by the awa.

Environment Canterbury provided plenty of trees and everyone got stuck into the mud. Some critters were present, with noke earthworms in abundance. A good sign that the soil is packed full of nutrients, ready for the trees to flourish!

In total, 848 trees were planted which are going to help the area thrive by providing habitat for wildlife, stabilising the soil and providing life giving oxygen.

We can’t thank all our  volunteers enough for their enthusiasm and hard work.  Also a big thank you to Environment Canterbury, the Rātā Foundation, Hirepool, Phoenix Drinks and Pulp Catering for providing us with the resources and support to make this event happen.

Event details

Jul 2022

Remember to bring:

  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy, this is critical for Health & Safety considerations. Hiking shoes are great!
  • 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 and @sustainablecoastlines on social media

We will provide: 

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

In collaboration with Environment Canterbury, we are hosting a native tree planting event. We would love for you to join us!

Sustainable Coastlines has been planting alongside Waimakariri te awa since 2017! To date, we have planted 30,508 native trees. Get involved to continue this mahi and improve the mauri of Waimakariri te awa.

How to get there:
Head to the Kaiapoi Island Section of Waimakariri River Regional Park. The entrance to this section of the park is next to the Challenge service station at the corner of Wrights and Main North Road. Continue on the gravel road, turning left towards the public toilets and under Main North Road Bridge for approx. 1km. Look out for the blue and white Sustainable Coastlines flags and friendly helpers in high-vis gear.

What does the day involve?
9:45 am – Registration opens at Kaiapoi Island. Tea and coffee are served.
10:00 am – Opening words from Sustainable Coastlines and Stakeholders.
10:10 am – Safety briefing and planting demonstration.
12:30 pm – Return to home base for lunch and group photo.
13:00 – Photo and quick wrap-up before the event formally concludes.
13:15 EXTRA TIME –
 For those who wish to stay longer, we will continue planting until pack-up at 14:00 (tree dependent).

Any questions – please contact Emma at [email protected]


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