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Our Impact at Ātiu Creek Regional Park

What a remarkable impact our volunteers make on nature! CVNZ volunteers have planted over 180,000 native plants at Atiu Creek Regional Park in the last decade, with the majority grown in our onsite native plant nursery. In this footage, you’ll see a hillside that was previously used for grazing as it was being replanted in 2018 compared to what it looks like now. What once was pasture land has now evolved into a thriving native forest. This forest not only serves as a source of food and habitat but also aids in carbon sequestration and filters contaminants from water before it flows into the harbor. Thank you so much to all our volunteers who give up their time and efforts to nature.

 

We have been working at Ātiu Creek Regional Park for the last 14 years and 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 we have been able to implement a more focused programme there making it our Flagship Project in the North.

 

Through this funding we have:

 

  • Built and run our onsite plant nursery where we now raise over 40,000 native plants every year, from seeds collected within the park, to supply our revegetation plantings here.
  • Hosted over 10,000 incredible volunteers who have helped us plant more than 180,000 plants, as well as removed vast areas of invasive weeds, helped us in the nursery, repaired kilometres of fences and more!
  • Run residential projects as well as one off volunteering opportunities with both Kiwis and international volunteers.
  • Worked with individuals, groups, businesses and schools from the community.