Vector Planting Event Puhinui Day 1 | Sustainable Coastlines

Event results

What an epic day! Together we planted approximately 3,542 trees at Puhinui Reserve. This was the first of many public tree plantings Sustainable Coastlines are running for Vector as part of their Urban Forest, which is aiming to plant 26,000 trees this winter.

The enthusiastic bunch of 63 tree planters were made up of people from all walks of life. A special shout out to the crew at Green S Volunteer group who brought out 23 volunteers.

The planting site is at the far end of the reserve, but is truely a special site, with areas of planting every where you look. Local council rangers recently found inanga eggs in a stream 300m from our planting site. Planting trees helps create cleaner streams and sets awesome habitat spots for so many species to flourish. The trees of choice for this planting were harakeke (flax), mānuka, kahikatea, rautahi and giant umbrella sedge.

Thanks to all those who came!! We look forward to seeing you next time!

Event details

Jun 2020

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)
  • Snacks and lunch (with minimal single-use plastic)
  • 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

Vector and Sustainable Coastlines invite you on Saturday 13th June 2020 to the first planting day of the 2020 season at the Puhinui Reserve.

So far, Vectors ‘Urban Forest’ has planted 31,000 trees in the Puhinui catchment, stretching from Totara Park to the Puhinui Reserve. This catchment is one of the most significant tributaries of the Manukau Harbour, impacting both environmental and social outcomes, flowing through farmland, reserve, industrial areas, communities, and the Manukau town centre. Planting in the Puhinui catchment is helping to improve water quality, reduce tree inequality, and increase the visual amenity of the area.

Sustainable Coastlines will be running educational presentations on the day and all around the area to local schools, highlighting the importance of riparian planting and it’s benefits to our environment.

At the end of Price Road there will be a station where volunteers can sign in. Please note there is a small walk to get to the planting site from the carpark (about a 15 minute walk). Everything will be provided including health and safety documents, equipment and drink refreshments (please bring your own food for lunch).


  • 9:30am – Arrive at the end of Price Road and sign-in
  • 9:45am – Walk down to the planting site
  • 10:00am – Health and Safety Brief/Planting tutorial
  • 10:30am – Planting commences
  • 12:00pm – Break, grab a drink and some kai
  • 13:00pm – Continue planting
  • 14:30pm – Event Ends

Huge thanks to Vector, Auckland City Council and all the schools involved in our education programme.

Any questions – contact Dan on [email protected]