Auckland Tree Planting, Puhinui Reserve | Sustainable Coastlines

Event impacts

The Auckland site of Puhinui Reserve was the location of the first ANZ Love Your Water Tour. Hosted by Kara Goddard (Community Park Ranger – South) as part of the Million Trees Programme, volunteers arrived to a pleasantly calm day, much to the disagreement of Metservice forecasting rain.

Phil Goff helped open up proceedings with a motivating talk referring to the benefits of planting trees. Specifically reducing erosion, sequestering CO2, providing habitat and shade for different species, as well as being awesome for physical and mental health.

Shortly after Phil spoke, Kara presented long serving member of the community Barbara Carney from the Beautification Trust with a plaque. This was in recognition of her 15+ years of environmental services to the surrounding community. This plaque is now on the gate to this years planting.

Volunteers gloved and spade’d up, and then got to work planting the 10,000 seedlings grown by Te Uru Rākau – MPI. There was a great selection of tree and shrubs being planting in this awesome site. Ranging from tī kōuka to kahikatea to rautahi.

After a couple hours of some awesome mahi, volunteers were rewarded with lunch made by the New Zealand Bio-Security team.

A huge thanks to all those who came out to help on the day, and a special mention to Kara and the Auckland Council crew who hosted an awesome day.

Event details

May 2021

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.
  • 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

Auckland Council is hosting an awesome day of tree planting with the help of Sustainable Coastlines as part of our ANZ Love Your Water Tour, and we would like to invite you to join us!!

We will be heading back to the beautiful Puhinui Reserve, where last year between Vector, ANZ and Auckland Council we planted 26,000 trees.

How to get there: Head to the end of Prices road, Wiri. We’ll meet from 10.00 am; look out for the Auckland Council and Sustainable Coastlines flags and friendly helpers in high-vis gear.

We’ll be starting from 10.00 am and finishing up at either 12noon or 2.30 pm depending on your appetite.

What does the day involve?
9:45 am Registration opens at the end of Prices Road – Tea and coffee served.
10:00 am Opening words from Auckland Council
10:15 am Safety briefing and planting demonstration.
12:00 pm Return to home base for break/finish of the first planting session.
13:00 pm Photo and quick formalities, back to planting for those who wish to stay.
15:00pm(ish) Event finishes

Any questions – contact Dan at [email protected]