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Native forest regeneration on important cultural site

The Kaitiritiri Ridge in Canterbury is a significant cultural site to both Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu iwi and mana whenua Te Ngāi Tūahuriri Runanga and is undergoing a restoration of native forest with help from Trees That Count.

Kaitiritiri Ridge in Tuhaitara Coastal Park includes foredunes, back dunes and wetland ecosystems which link the braided Waimakariri and Ashley Rakahuri rivers through Tūtaepatu Lagoon. It runs for approximately two kilometres to the site of the Kaiapoi Pā and was purchased by Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust purchased the Ridge and adjoining land in January 2018.

With funding received through the Trees That Count marketplace from Z Energy, Trees That Count were able to provide 5,000 native trees to Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust.  This enabled the Trust's plan of planting along the entire length of the ridge to create a new forest to complement the local walking and biking routes. The restoration of native forest and community areas will also reduce erosion and increase habitat for native species.

The Trust developed a tree species list in conjunction with Trees That Count advisor, Dr David Bergin, with trees being sourced from the local Wai-ora Nursery.

Christchurch office staff, local Runanga members, Ngai Tahu staff and local community members have pitched in for tree planting, and long-term, the Ridge will be cared for by Friends Of Tuhaitara Coastal Park volunteer network and the neighbouring Pegasus School.

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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