Schools and Corporate Planting Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project | Sustainable Coastlines

Event Details

Wed
11
Sep 2019
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Fri
13
Sep 2019

What Sustainable Coastlines provide:

Trees and planting site
A planting tutorial
Gloves
Spades
Refreshments
Health & safety briefing and documents (we’ll happily provide a risk assessment for you)
First aid kits and first aid trained staff
Photographs

What your students will need to bring:
Gumboots or sturdy, closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy. This is critical for Health & Safety considerations: those not wearing closed-toe shoes will not be able to participate.
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)
Reusable coffee cup for hot drinks

Your old or unused mobile phone to recycle. As a charity partner of the RE: MOBILE phone recycling scheme, donating your old mobile helps us raise critical funds for freshwater restoration.
Bring a camera (optional). We would love to see your event photos! Use the tag #loveyourwater on social media or email photos to george@sustainablecoastlines.org.

Your old or unused mobile phone to recycle. As a charity partner of the RE: MOBILE phone recycling scheme, donating your old mobile helps us raise critical funds for freshwater restoration.
Bring a camera (optional). We would love to see your event photos! Use the tag #loveyourwater on social media or email photos to george@sustainablecoastlines.org.

Sustainable Coastlines, Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and The Department of Conservation invite you to help restore and rejuvenate The Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project as part of the ANZ Love Your Water Tour 2019.

Over 10 years, multi-award-winning Sustainable Coastlines has motivated over 90,000 people to remove nearly 1.5 million litres of rubbish from the coast, plant over 100,000 trees and directly educated over 200,000 people across Aotearoa and the Pacific Islands.

Planting native trees, shrubs and grasses on the banks of waterways is one of the best things that we can do to enhance the wellbeing of people and the planet. Plants remove sediment and excess nutrients, they provide shelter, shade and habitat to birds and stream organisms and they help to capture carbon dioxide, which contributes to the ongoing battle against climate change.

The Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project – which started in 2008 – is located on a 75-hectare coastal strip of land adjacent to the Paparoa National Park on the Northern end of the Barrytown flats.

The goals of the project are to restore the rare sandplain forest that previously covered the area before being cleared for agriculture and mining, this type of forest typically contains large stands of Nikau palms, Rata, and Kahikatea as is evident in the adjoining Nikau scenic reserve, the only remaining unmodified example of sandplain forest in the Punakaiki area. To date, the project has planted 175,000 trees with 15,000 local and international volunteer days onsite since 2019.

The project also aims to protect the surrounding habitat of the threatened Westland Petrel which numbers around 15,000. Their only breeding colony is located in the hills behind the project site and is one of only a few mainland petrel colonies left in New Zealand due to habitat destruction and introduced pests. By planting the area surrounding their breeding colony this will ensure that the land is never developed and pressure placed on the Petrels breeding success will be minimised into the future.

How to get there: Head to 75-hectare coastal strip of land adjacent to the Paparoa National Park on the Northern end of the Barrytown flats and we’ll meet from 10.00am; look out for the Sustainable Coastlines flags and friendly helpers in high-vis gear. We’ll be starting from 10.00am and finishing up around 2.00pm. You can stay for as little or as long as you like, but around noon we’ll all come together for some tasty food and some Phoenix Organics Drinks.