Auckland: Totara Park Planting with Sustainable Coastlines and ANZ | Sustainable Coastlines

Event impacts

Event Details

Jun 2019

We Provide:

  • Trees and planting site
  • A planting tutorial
  • Gloves
  • Spades
  • Tea and coffee
  • Health & safety briefing and documents
  • First aid kits and first aid trained staff

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)
  • 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].

Early on Friday 14 June, Sustainable Coastline’s ANZ planting group joined two hundred of other tree planters in Totara Park as a part of Auckland Council’s Million Trees initiative. Totara Park is one of Auckland’s special places with some amazing remnant forest adjoining the Auckland Botanical Gardens. Much to the delight of the participants, the morning sun slowly burned through the thick fog to uncover the beautiful hillside scattered with seedlings waiting to be planted.

Following a welcoming by the mayor Phil Goff and some words of encouragement from Jeanette Burns from Corrections and Alex Wilson from Te Uru Rākau, the millionth tree was planted! The mayor set a great example for everyone with his planting technique.

After the trees were blessed and a health and safety briefing, we all got stuck in!

Punnets of native seedlings such as manuka, harakeke and mahoe were dotted around the planting site, which also happens to be a mountain bike track. These special plants were grown in a nursery in Paremoremo Prison by inmates, who were given the opportunity to learn new skills and gain an NCEA qualification.

Planting continued until around 2pm with the occasional break for a yummy sausage from a complimentary sausage sizzle put on by the Council.

The Auckland Council’s ambitious planting series was extremely successful, with 40,000 trees planted over the space of only over three days. Thanks to Auckland Council for all your mahi, and the delicious sausage sizzle.



As part of Auckland Council’s Million Trees initiative and the ANZ Love Your Water Tour 2019, we invite you to join us at Totara Park on Friday 14 June, to be part of a special group of planters, supported and lead by Sustainable Coastlines.

This is an ambitious planting series where Auckland Council hopes to plant 65,000 trees in a matter of days. We know what we’re doing at Sustainable Coastlines, so we’re putting together a top-notch team to join the fun and put in the mahi.

Totara Park is one of Auckland’s special places with some amazing remnant forest adjoining the Auckland Botanical Gardens. This is one of Auckland’s top tree planting sites with tens of thousands of trees going in the ground over the past few years and many more to come.

If you want to be part of our planting team on this date, please register on the form below. Even if you can only spare a few hours we would love to see you there.