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Restoring Ātiu Creek Regional Park

Ka mau te wehi! Awesome!

We’re blown away by the impact our volunteers have on te taiao the natural world. In the last decade, CVNZ volunteers have planted over 180,000 native plants at Ātiu Creek Regional Park. Most of these native plants were grown in our onsite native plant nursery. 

The video shows the incredible impact this mahi has had on the whenua. In the video above, you can see the bare hillside (previously used for grazing) transform into a lush young ngahere (forest) by 2023. 

We’re already noticing native species returning to the area. The new ngahere provides food and habitat for birds, bugs and lizards. And it helps mitigate the impacts of climate change by capturing carbon from the atmosphere and filtering out contaminants from the streams before they flow into the harbour.

Thank you so much to all our volunteers in who give up their time and efforts to support nature.

Our work at Ātiu Creek

We have been working at Ātiu Creek Regional Park for the last 14 years. Thanks to generous funds from Auckland Council, Foundation North, the Ministry for Primary Industry’s Te Uru Rāku Fund, Rotary, Te Rakau Fund, Trees That Count, Carbon Positive and Mayors Million Trees. With the help of these partners, we have made this project our flagship project in the area.

The funding has gone towards:

  • Building and running our onsite plant nursery. We now raise over 40,000 native plants every year from seeds collected within the park. These ecosourced plants supply our revegetation plantings.
  • Hosting over 10,000 incredible volunteers. These volunteers have helped us plant more than 180,000 plants, remove vast areas of invasive weeds, look after and run the nursery, repair fences and more!
  • Running residential projects as well as one-off volunteering opportunities for local and international volunteers.
  • Work with individuals, groups, businesses and schools from the community.
 
Read more about this project here.