It’s celebration time here at CVNZ’S Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project!
On Tuesday 11 February from 10am to 2pm, we will be planting our 200,000th tree with the help of the kids from Barrytown School and our many other supporters from the local community and beyond.
We’ve come a long way since 2009 when the first tree was planted and our 75 hectare site was named Te Ara Tāiko Nature Reserve. This project began when the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Conservation Volunteers NZ (CVNZ) reached an agreement to re-plant 75 hectares of coastal land previously used for mining the mineral Ilmenite and for grazing cattle.
Over 17,500 volunteer days given by international volunteers, West Coasters and other New Zealanders have transformed the vision shared by CVNZ and DOC for this site to be restored as a Sand Plain Forest to provide a mountain to sea forest corridor. This is particularly important as this area is the only nesting place for the Tāiko (Westland Petrel) and amongst a small number of mainland breeding colonies for NZ petrel.
In 2018 we received funding from the Billion Trees funding to plant 179,000 native trees by June 2021. Prior to this approximately 170,000 trees had been planted during more than 16,000 volunteer days.
Now we are going to plant our 200,000th tree on Tuesday 11 February with children from the Barrytown School, local residents and other volunteers from across the region. We may have other schools coming along to help out too. It will be a day of tree planting, storytelling, placing a commemorative plaque at the planting site, certificates for all the volunteers and celebratory cake for everyone.
Come and join us if you are in the area, we’d love to see you and share this great occasion.
To register, please email [email protected] or call 0800 373 118.