Ōtautahi (Christchurch) Tree Planting, Waimakariri River #3 | Sustainable Coastlines

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Event impacts

It was a joyous day and really special to see so many members of the community join together for the awa.

In total, we planted 1,450 trees with around 60 volunteers. This averages out as roughly 24 trees planted per person, an awesome effort and our biggest planting event this season by the Waimakariri!

We teamed up with Forest & Bird (North Canterbury Branch) for this planting and it was brilliant to build our connection with another organisation who is also passionate about preserving our natural world while  bringing more people together.

The Student Volunteer Army were also out in force along with youth group Raise Up. Both were ready to roll up their sleeves, get a bit muddy and put trees into the ground!

While enjoying a bowl of  soup by Pulp Kitchen Catering at the end, it wasn’t only the tummy that was being warmed but our hearts at seeing the range of community members united by a common goal to protect our environment.

Big thanks goes to Environment Canterbury for your ecological knowledge, trees and  collaboration. Hirepool for the ever important portaloos. Phoenix for keeping our volunteers refreshed! Rātā foundation for operational support. And Forest & Bird for connecting in this important cause.

Event details

Aug 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

Join us and Forest & Bird, North Canterbury Branch, for a joint planting day!

In collaboration with Environment Canterbury, Forest & Bird and Sustainable Coastlines are hosting a native tree planting event. We would love for you to join us!

Get involved to contribute to some meaningful 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 Forest & Bird (North Canterbury).
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]

Find more information on Forest & Bird North Canterbury events please follow the link here.


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