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We need more volunteers for the upcoming largest
planting day on September 22nd!

Please see below for details and other news.
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September 22nd is Te Ara Kākāriki’s largest Plantout event this season!

Register here to join us planting an impressive 5000 native seedlings with a number of sites and two concurrent groups of volunteers.

We provide:

  • Buses from various stops in the city and along the way to the Hororata planting sites. Select the best spot for you when you register. Leaving times will be from 8am for the furthermost destination, and return after dinner by 7.30pm. If the whole day is not an option, but you can assist for the majority, you can select self drive. Parking is limited at each site. 
  • All equipment, including spades, gloves, information about the site and planting instruction. Ecologists are present, so you can ask a variety of questions. 
  • Food for the day, morning tea, afternoon tea, a filling lunch and early dinner will be provided, so there is plenty of time to take a break. At the end of the day all volunteers come together to celebrate with an early dinner and live music before the bus returns you back to your pick up location.
  • We ask for a small donation of $10 to contribute towards costs for the day.

Creating native stepping stones with Te Ara Kākāriki – 8th of September Plantout Success

Volunteers, landowners and Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust gathered on Saturday morning to plant at four Selwyn properties in the Lincoln, Springston and Tai Tapu area. They worked in two groups successfully planting over 3000 eco-sourced seedlings, enlarging three existing greendots and beginning a new one. 

Nicki Shackletons Greendot journey began last year with a group from Te Ara Kākāriki planting 500 seedlings, she has continued planting during the year and this weekend over 1100 more were planted at her site.
Nicki has named her Greendot “Roosteration Forest” and encouraged planters to come back and see the results of their hard work. Once her greendot is established she looks forward to visitors being able to walk through the forest and enjoy the peace and bird life. 
Landowners Grant and Stephanie Sisson welcomed volunteers to their hillside property in Early Valley Road for the afternoon.  Trees on their property were burned in the 2017 Port Hills fires and they are working to replace them with natives and hope to encourage Kereru and Bellbirds back to the area.
Rebecca Gardner of Oceanbridge shipping said “We came out here to do a team bonding day but also to give back to the community, and we are having a great day. Getting out in the fresh air and contributing not only to society, but also the environment and everyone’s future.”

Finishing up in Springston for the day, volunteers planted another 450 plants at Brian and Robyn Patchetts’ organic Greendot. Instead of spraying in preparation for planting, Brian had cultivated the soil with a rotary hoe. Brian’s Greendot is two years old and this year he is doing a bit of experimentation with his new seedlings. He is trialling a small batch of cardboard plant guards as an alternative to the plastic ones he has used in the past. He also had a few volunteers add mycorrhizal fungi to some specially marked plants, which should help them to absorb nutrients and result in increased growth. 

The Greendot landowners were presented with a plaque to place on their fence so that visitors and passers-by can see that their site is a Te Ara Kākāriki Greendot. There are now over 60 of these Greendots in Selwyn, so be sure to keep an eye out for them. The trust thanks the main 2018 funders: the Selwyn District Council, the Ministry for the Environment, and Central Plains Water for enabling the greendot restoration programme to be such a success. 

Plant supplies reminder for Greendot Owners

If you are planning on ordering plants from the DOC Motukarara Nursery for 2019, do so before the end of October to receive a 20% discount. 

Prices are increasing due to increased costs. New prices below (excl gst)

Restoration grade plants:
     Sop - $3.70
     RX90 - $3.70
     LOP - $4.70
     2 litre pot - $8.26

Establish a Greendot - Applications for 2019 Support and Restoration Advice will be open in October, please get in touch with us NOW so we can keep you informed. 
The Kids Discovery Plantouts are going very well this year;
look forward to our next update with a feature on the schools.
Our mailing address is: Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust
PO Box 69148, Lincoln 7640

Email: office@kakariki.org.nz

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