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Mass native tree planting initiative launched to celebrate every Kiwi baby

To celebrate the arrival of the Prime Minister’s new baby, we've launched Trees for Kiwi Babies - a gifting registry to acknowledge the birth of every Kiwi baby born in 2018.  A target has been set to see 60,000 native trees gifted - roughly the number of babies that will be born in New Zealand this year.

Trees funded to Trees for Kiwi Babies will go towards community tree planting projects to be planted during Matariki 2019. Trees That Count will invite new Kiwi parents and their 2018 babies to come along and plant a native tree. Trees That Count will work with community planting groups throughout New Zealand to plant these forests, and planting locations will be confirmed closer to the time.

Supporter of Trees That Count, Sir Stephen Tindall says “we were delighted to gift the first trees to the Tree Registry. The Prime Minister herself has said that climate change is this generation’s nuclear free moment.  Every tree gifted will help Trees That Count’s overall goal to see 200 million new native trees planted over the next 10 years, which will make a significant impact on carbon reduction, and contribute to New Zealand’s climate change goals.  There’s nothing better we can do for our children and grandchildren than act now for climate change, and planting a tree for every baby born is a lovely way to honour a new arrival.”

Tree Registries are a new way that New Zealanders can help to fund native tree planting efforts, enabling anyone to crowdfund trees for a specific campaign, or a special occasion – like the birth of a new baby.

It’s been a big month for Trees That Count, following the recent announcement of Government funding for Trees That Count. The nationwide native tree planting movement will help the One Billion Trees programme through an uplift in community based, native planting programmes.

Show your support and give a gift that counts. Donate your native tree today!