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Forgotten Kerikeri stream making a comeback

Five minutes from the centre of Kerikeri township is the Wairoa Stream, long overgrown by weeds and with no public access. With help from Trees That Count, Vision Kerikeri is restoring the area to its former glory.

Trees That Count provided 1,279 native trees to Vision Kerikeri, made possible by members of the public funding or gifting trees in our marketplace.

The Vision Kerikeri project is working towards a full restoration of the stream and waterfall and creating access to it for the community with a public track.

Since 2013, the community has spent more than 4,500 hours working on the track with 3.5km of track developed so far, and 11,000 native plants put in. The work has been done by Friends of Wairoa Stream, Kerikeri Primary & High School and Rotary Kerikeri, who have also built bridges along the track.

The project has seen a collaboration of community talent and muscle, and the long-term plan is continuous forest along the public track, restoring the bush to how it would have looked 700 years ago. More information about the stream, waterfalls and walking track network can be found here.

Trees That Count is New Zealand’s only community marketplace connecting native-tree planters with funders.  The conservation charity counts the number of native trees being planted by groups, individuals and agencies throughout the country, and helps increase this number by encouraging donations from business, philanthropy and the public. 

By counting the native trees planted, we can measure the collective impact on climate change and improve the environment. Since its launch in 2016, more than 18 million native trees have been added to the count, and more than 150,000 native trees funded.

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Trees That Count aims to create a national movement to plant millions of native trees to mitigate climate change. We're managed by the Project Crimson Trust in partnership with the Tindall Foundation.

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