Bay of Plenty: Te Pa Ika Tree Planting Days | Sustainable Coastlines

Event Details

Jun 2019
Jun 2019

We 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 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)
  • Your old or unused mobile phone to recycle. As the 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 [email protected].


For more information, please contact Sam on [email protected].

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PLANTING DAY SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  This is due to weather and the fact that we have smashed out huge amounts of plantings already and finished off all the available trees.

Sustainable Coastlines invites you to four days of tree planting on the Matekū Estuary as part of the ANZ Love Your Water Tour, 2019. Join us and help in the ecological restoration of the salt march environments of Te Pā Ika and bring native species back to this precious and beautiful environment. These will be fully inclusive days with access and opportunity for young and old alike.

There are four planting days you can come to:

  • Thursday June 20, 10am to 2pm – Schools and businesses
  • Friday June 21, 10am to 2pm – Schools and businesses
  • Saturday 22 June, 10am to 1pm – Community day
  • Sunday 23 June, 10am to 1pm – Community day CANCELLED!

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 Maketu estuary. This project also aims to restore wetland habitat at the site through the removal 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.

Simply join us from 10:00am at Ford Rd, Maketū each day to take part in this marvellous kaupapa. We will start proceedings from 10:00am with introductions and karakia followed by a health and safety briefing and planting tutorial before mucking into the restoration. We will also have educators presenting on the importance of tree planting and ecological restoration for when you need some downtime from planting. We will supply a fun atmosphere and kai and refreshments afterwards.