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Bringing the rātā back to Rata Street

Naenae Nature Trust is working to bring the rātā back to Rata Street, and creating a legacy to last for centuries. With funding from Westpac, Trees That Count provided 200 native trees to the community.

In August 200 locally, eco-sourced kahikatea, tōtara, mataī and northern rātā were planted into regenerating bush around the Rātā Street Loop walking track to begin a project to restore "rākau rangatira" (chiefly trees) into the local hills in the eastern Hutt Valley.

A community planting was one of several workshops the Trust hosted in the 2018 Hutt Winter Festival towards its aims to protect, restore and promote the natural environment of their home suburb.

Founding trustee Andy Mitchell said the site they were planting on was the site of a 19th-century sawmill which contributed greatly to deforestation of the area.

“This is just the beginning of a project to restore 'rākau rangatira' into our local environment. These large, chiefly trees were once widespread in the Hutt Valley but are now scarce in our area. Their stature and longevity will be admired by generations to come."

You can see the project grow at the Naenae Nature Trust Facebook page.

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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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