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Whanau forest restoration project on the Kāpiti Coast

The Rodeka-Waikerepuru whanau has owned a block of land near the Nīkau Palm Reserve on the Kāpiti Coast for the last 10 years. Being close to the Nīkau Palm Belt and rich with native bird life, the whanau has big plans for their land to be part of the area’s native restoration.

The family started their care of the land by excluding stock and removing invasive weeds to provide the best chance for natural regeneration of the native forest. They then turned to native planting and applied for native trees with Trees That Count.

Thanks to funding from The Warehouse Group and members of the public, Trees That Count provided the whanau with 400 native trees this planting season.

The family’s long-term vision for the block is to restore parts of the land to its original native forest, to help with an important ecological link for native birds to travel between the Nīkau Reserve and Nīkau Valley and contribute to the wider biodiversity of Kāpiti District.

This season, three moko from the whanau planted the first trees and did artwork on tree guards. Owner Peter Rodeka comments “We want to model these activities for our children and grandchildren first and foremost.”

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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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