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Two Thousand Trees to be planted in Canterbury on ANZAC Day

Two thousand native trees will be planted in Tūhaitara Coastal Park in North Canterbury this coming ANZAC Day, if sufficient people buy or gift trees through the recently launched national native tree planting programme, Trees That Count.

Trees That Count* and Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust need to raise sufficient funds through donations and the Trees That Count tree gifting programme, to make this goal a reality.

The Trust has a 200-year vision for the restoration of the park, which includes areas of major ecological and cultural significance and offers extensive educational and recreational opportunities.

Tūhaitara Coastal Park covers approximately 700ha of land along the coastline from the Waimakariri River mouth to the settlement of Waikuku Beach. Stretching along the coast for 10.5 kilometres, it comprises many natural features of local, regional and national importance. 

In 2016, the same number of trees were planted at the Park on ANZAC Day with the help of the Student Volunteer Army and funding from Trees That Count, just hours after the Paris Agreement on Climate Change was signed in New York. 

This was the first part of a proposed 10,000 podocarp forest at Woodend Beach on the southern side of Tūtaepatu Lagoon. In what was probably a world first tree planting to sequester carbon from the atmosphere after the Paris Agreement was signed, the planting was an international effort (with many international students participating) in a truly bicultural project.

Tūhaitara Coastal Park was established as an outcome of the Ngāi Tahu Settlement with the Crown, with the lands being gifted by Ngāi Tahu to the people of New Zealand. It is managed by Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust whose trustees are appointed by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Waimakariri District Council.

“ANZAC Day is a symbolic day for Kiwis; a day to commemorate and honour those who served New Zealand during the war,” says Joris de Bres, spokesperson for Trees That Count.  “By bringing volunteers and donors together to plant on this important day of remembrance, we aim to promote the commitment and camaraderie of the ANZACs as we give back to our beautiful country.  Our goal is to ensure a positive future for generations to come, with the fostering of new life in every native tree which is planted.”

Trees for the forest can be purchased for $10 through the Trees That Count website either by donation or by gifting a tree to family or friends. People can also sign up to volunteer to plant trees on the day with Trees That Count.

*About Trees That Count

Trees That Count is a new conservation project funded by The Tindall Foundation in collaboration with Pure Advantage and the Department of Conservation. It is managed by Project Crimson. The project aims to create a national movement to plant millions of native trees to mitigate climate change. 

For 2017, Trees That Count has set a challenge to New Zealanders to plant 4.7 million trees, one tree for every New Zealander.  At the end of February almost 400,000 trees have been pledged for 2017, now it is about driving momentum to ensure this number grows month on month. 

About Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust

Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust is a registered charity responsible for the rehabilitation and management of Tūhaitara Coastal Park.  The Trust is run by six trustees, three appointed by Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu and three by Waimakariri District Council. The Park was established as an outcome of the settlement between Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Crown with the lands being gifted to the people of New Zealand.

Tūhaitara Coastal Park covers approximately 700ha of land along the coastline from the Waimakariri River mouth to the settlement of Waikuku Beach. Stretching along the coast for 10.5 kilometres, it comprises many natural features of local, regional and national importance.

The area is predominantly protection and plantation pine forest and sand dunes. However, the park includes areas of national and regional significance including the Tūtaepatu Lagoon, Taranaki Stream and Saltwater Creek freshwater coastal system, and The Pines Wetland.

The Tūhaitara Coastal Park provides a range of opportunities to preserve Ngāi Tahu values, retain and enhance rare indigenous biodiversity and provide recreational and educational opportunities for all people.

Support for the Port Hills fires relief

Trees That Count is aware there is growing momentum among the local community to participate in an ambitious revegetation programme for the Port Hills after the devastating fires last week. The charity will support this effort, wherever possible. 

Trees That Count has begun to investigate opportunities to engage with local conservation groups and will keep locals posted via the website and Facebook page.

As they have already committed to supporting the planting day at Tūhaitara Coastal Park on ANZAC Day, tree donations will continue to support this particular project at this time.  As this is Trees That Count’s first crowdfunded project, its success will determine how many others causes can be supported in future, including the Port Hills fires relief programme.

 

For more information, images or interview requests please contact:

Melanie Seyfort

Communications Manager, Trees That Count

melanie@treesthatcount.co.nz | 021 645 875 | www.treesthatcount.co.nz

 

Greg Byrnes

General Manager, Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust

tkot@farmside.co.nz | 021 0245 5398 | http://tkot92.wixsite.com/tuhaitara


About the author

Managed by the Project Crimson Trust in partnership with the Tindall Foundation, Pure Advantage and the Department of Conservation, Trees That Count aims to create a national movement to plant millions of native trees to mitigate climate change. 

For 2017, Trees That Count has set a challenge to New Zealanders to plant 4.7 million trees, one tree for every New Zealander.

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