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Volunteers planting a wetland on the Papakura Stream Restoration Project in Auckland

What we achieved in 2023

2024 has begun and we’re back for another year of awesome conservation mahi! 

But before we get stuck into the new year, we wanted to share our achievements from 2023. We’re proud of what our volunteers and work crews achieved in 2023. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, we have made a tangible postive impact on te taiao the natural world.

In 2023, we teamed up with new partners, planted thousands of native plants and removed loads of weeds and rubbish from the environment. Volunteers is in our name and we would not have been able to do any of this without them. 

Our communities worked an impressive 7,942 days volunteering for nature. 

 
2023 in numbers

With the mahi of our work crews and volunteers, we achieved the following:

  • Planted 179,669 native trees, grasses and shrubs across Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Removed 5,459,082 m2 of invasive weeds
  • Collected 8,449 kg of rubbish from around our waterways
  • Propagated 555,472 plants from seed
  • Controlled 1,365,000 m2 for introduced predators
  • Engaged 100 new participants in our Conservation Work Skills programme
 
Some of our highlights from 2023 were:
World Environment Day Corporate Planting Challenge

In June, we held our annual World Environment Day Corporate Planting Challenge and planted 8,520 plants in just two hours. The competition was fierce, with 17 teams competing to plant across three sites in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Nine teams in Auckland planted an incredible 4,759 plants on the Papakura Stream Restoration Project – a new record for the most trees we’ve ever planted in a single event.

 
Bullock Creek Restoration, West Coast

In 2023, our Jobs for Nature crew on the West Coast planted 66,880 plants at Bullock Creek. This project is a four year restoration project to plant 375,000 plants on Department of Conservation land bordering the Paparoa National Park. All plants are eco sourced and grown in our native plant nursery in Punakaiki. 

 
Papakura Stream Restoration Project

Our volunteers planted 35,174 plants to restore the Papakura Stream Catchment in Auckland in 2023. Partnering with local landowners and the Papakura, Manurewa and Franklin Local Boards, this project aims to improve the health of the waterway and increase tree cover in the catchment. We’re excited to start work on a native plant nursery in 2024. The nursery will provide up to 50,000 plants a year for the project. 

 
Kaimahi for Nature- Whakaraupō

Our Kaimahi for Nature programme is a partnership between Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Living Springs and CVNZ. For the past three years, CVNZ ran a field crew out of Rāpaki. Our team has done amazing work over the past year. They’ve controlled a whopping 740,000 m2 for introduced predators and 965,650 m2 for invasive weeds. And they’ve planted 20,340 native plants in the valley behind Rāpaki. Ka mau te wehi!

Bring on 2024!

We want to make 2024 an even bigger year for te taiao. Volunteer in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington and Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

Check out our events page via the link below to see what’s coming up or contact [email protected] to find out more.

https://volunteerportal.conservationvolunteers.co.nz/s/make-booking