Ōtautahi (Christchurch) Tree Planting, Waimakariri River #1 | Sustainable Coastlines

Covid safety at our events

At all events, the safety and well-being of our people, their whānau and the wider community is of top priority. For information on our Covid-19 protocol please follow the link below:

Event impacts

Our ANZ Love Your Water Planting Series 2022 event in Ōtautahi Christchurch was tree-mendous!

It was the first planting event of the season down by the Waimakariri River and along with our collaborators Environment, we were eager to see the Regional Park visited by some new faces.

On a crisp Winter’s morning, 22 eager volunteers picked up shovels and tirelessly put 824 trees in the ground. This was a huge effort, averaging 37 trees per person.

Mingimingi (Coprosma propinqua) and Harakeke (Phormium tenax) led the way as the most abundant species planted followed by 16 other trees native to Aotearoa New Zealand. A bounty of biodiversity!

With some warm pumpkin soup courtesy of Pulp Kitchen Catering and refreshing drinks by Phoenix in their bellies, we bid the volunteers goodbye for now with the seedlings nestling into their new, earthy home.

Event details

Jul 2022

Remember to bring:

  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy, this is critical for Health & Safety considerations. Hiking shoes are great!
  • 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

With support from ANZ and in collaboration with Environment Canterbury, we are hosting a native tree planting event as part of our ANZ Love Your Water Planting Series, alongside the Waimakariri River. We would love for you to join us!

Sustainable Coastlines has been planting alongside Waimakariri te awa since 2017! To date, we have planted 30,508 native trees. Get involved to continue this mahi and improve the mauri of Waimakariri te awa.

How to get there:
Head to the Kaiapoi Island Section of Waimakariri River Regional Park. The entrance to this section of the park is next to the Challenge service station at the corner of Wrights and Main North Road. Continue on the gravel road, turning left towards the public toilets and under Main North Road Bridge for approx. 1km. Look out for the blue and white Sustainable Coastlines flags and friendly helpers in high-vis gear.

What does the day involve?
9:45 am – Registration opens at Kaiapoi Island. Tea and coffee are served.
10:00 am – Opening words from Sustainable Coastlines and Stakeholders.
10:10 am – Safety briefing and planting demonstration.
12:30 pm – Return to home base for lunch and group photo.
13:00 – Photo and quick wrap-up before the event formally concludes.
13:15 EXTRA TIME –
 For those who wish to stay longer, we will continue planting until pack-up at 14:00 (tree dependent).

Any questions – please contact Emma at [email protected]


Please enter your registration details here. This helps us with event planning, and allows us to get in touch again if there are any important event announcements or major changes.

Once you have clicked ‘Register Now’, your registration is complete.