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We love native trees.

Let us show you why.

Read why these proud New Zealanders love native trees

They're heroes for carbon zero

Native trees store carbon from our atmosphere and help reduce the effects of climate change.

Sir Stephen Tindall
Trees That Count Patron, Philanthropist

They're here for a good time and a long time

Native trees can live for thousands of years. They keep thriving and adding to Aotearoa's indigenous biodiversity.

Eliza McCartney
Environmental Science Student, Olympic Athlete

They're keeping it clean downstream

Native trees clean up waterways and protect ecosystems: stabilising soils, reducing sedimentation and moderating waterflows. They help to absorb nutrient run off from intensive agriculture.

Stu Muir
Conservationist, Dairy Farmer

They grow forth and multiply our earnings

Our breathtaking forests are part of the New Zealand experience, highly valued by Kiwis and international visitors. Our forests play a vital role in our global brand and tourism is one of New Zealand’s top economic drivers supporting many communities and employing thousands of people. Our native tree products like skincare, medicine and mānuka honey are sought after by our visitors.

Stephen England-Hall
Promoter of Nature, Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive

They grow healthier minds and bodies

Native trees improve our mental wellbeing and health. Studies show that adults and kids who spend more time in nature are healthier physically and emotionally.

Dr Hinemoa Elder
Nature Advocate, Youth Forensic Psychiatrist

They're part of our Kiwi identity

Our special native trees are unique to New Zealand, you won't see them anywhere else in the world. They ground us and inspire us to share our Kiwi talent and individuality with the world.

Dame Trelise Cooper
Nature Lover, Fashion Designer

They feed our food

Contemporary Kiwi cuisine is second to none. Native forests help to feed the bees for mānuka honey, grow edible delicacies like pikopiko and clean the waterways where fish breed and koura live.

Fleur Caulton and Josh Emett
Forest Foragers, Restauranteurs

They're woven into our culture

Native trees are culturally and spiritually important to us. The positive impact native forests have is vitally important to the mauri (life force) of our ecosystems. They are helping us in our role as kaitiaki.

Nadia Cooper
Whenua Kaitiaki, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Nursery Manager

They're habitat forming

Native trees provide homes for our native birds, bees, lizards and insects. The survival of some of our most precious native species relies on having native trees to feed on and live in.

Joris de Bres
Tree Lover, Project Crimson Trust Chair

They're cray cray for play

Native trees are awesome for climbing, jumping, swinging, and hiding in. And sometimes falling out of...

Jonty, Age 8
Tree Climber Extraordinaire, Aspiring Planter

The benefits of native trees are wide reaching and it's easy to show them some love!

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