A message from Craig Pauling, Te Ara Kākāriki Chair

We would like to extend an invitation to all to attend the Annual Friends of Te Ara Kākāriki Meeting next month at Lincoln University. Please see poster above for details.

While winter is a quiet time for planting, those of us at Te Ara Kākāriki are busy preparing for the Spring planting season ahead. We are excited to have plans for the planting of over 10,000 plants at 16 greendot sites this Spring.

Two volunteer Plantout days are planned, one in the Tai Tapu and Lincoln area on Saturday 8th September and the other in Hororata and surrounds for Saturday 22nd September. Mark the date in your diary now or even better go to and register to attend! Other spring planting events will also be planned so keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for details.

Te Ara Kākāriki also provide Corporate Staff Planting days during the week. We can plan a day that suits your group, provide spades, gloves and plants, give a planting demonstration and a talk on local biodiversity. Contact to find out more.

Our Kids Discovery Plantout Programme school groups are also busy planning for their plantout events at another nine sites by the end of the year. It is fantastic to be able to confirm that the Rātā Foundation will be continuing their support for the programme with funding for another 18 months.

In this newsletter we share with you highlights from some of this month’s Kids Discovery Plantout activities and a bit about our Annual Te Ara Kākāriki Plantout Tour.

Ngā mihi

Highlights of the Kids Discovery Plantout Monitoring Sessions


Students undertook monitoring at their native restoration site situated behind their school. They used a variety of biodiversity monitoring techniques including a two-minute presence/absence bird count and an invertebrate hunt.

Birds seen or heard at the site included Korimako (bellbird), Piwakawaka (fantail) and Tauhou (Silvereye).

The invertebrate hunt lead to the discovery of three spider species, three worm species as well as centipede, millipede, cricket and slug. What great work!

The students were also able to harvest Coprosma seeds which Lou, our Kids Discovery Plantout Coordinator will attempt to germinate for future planting.

Glentunnel Students are wonderful ambassadors for our natural environment and are busy planning their next project, a September planting at Joyce reserve.

Glentunnel students harvesting Coprosma seeds.
Inspecting invertebrate found during monitoring.



This session began with the unveiling of a sign celebrating the benefits of student’s hard work restoring the ecosystem along the Huritini/Halswell River. Featured along the top and bottom of the sign is the students’ artwork, completed at our Kids Discovery Plant-out on 6th September 2017. The sign was designed by Murray and Sally Grossmith of Kopara Creative free of charge and Scott Bately of Signal Creative made the sign at cost price and attached it onto the structure.

The students carried out survival rate monitoring at the site and found only four dead seedlings giving an excellent 99% survival rate! They also investigated the aquatic invertebrates present in the Huritini River and only found pollution tolerant species such as worms, snails and damselfly nymphs.

Be sure to check out the site along the Old Tai Tapu Road next time you’re passing.

Students and Te Ara Kākāriki Trustees at the unveiling of the new sign.

Te Ara Kākāriki Annual Plantout Tour

Guests at the annual Te Ara Kākāriki Plantout Tour had the opportunity to visit four native restoration sites in mid-April. The trust organises the tour each year to educate and motivate local people and community groups to revegetate areas in Selwyn back to Native Habitat.  

The group were able to see areas planted last Spring as well as more established greendots growing well above head height. Landowners were there to speak of their experiences and share advice. Tim Logan explained to guests that he rarely needed to water the site but during this last summer it had been extremely dry, so he had needed to.

Susan Hall and Kevin Dunn’s property was part of the morning tour. Their greendot is three years old and guests were impressed at how fast the plants had become established. Colin Meurk, Landcare Research Ecologist and key note speaker, explained that there are several stages of native restoration. The first stage is usually fast growing but is essential as it acts as a nursery giving protection for the secondary plantings which may be frost tender or need shelter.                  

Colin Meurk talks to guests at Tim Logan’s Property.
Guests at the Te Ara Kākāriki Annual Plantout Tour gather at Susan and Kevin’s property.
Three year old plantings at the Kirwee property.
The same plantings at Kirwee at 1 year old.

Susan tells the story of their Greendot in Kirwee

We had spent many happy hours dreaming of buying a block of land with existing native bush that we could eventually live on and be more self-sufficient. We had looked at a lot of land on Banks Peninsula and the area around Geraldine initially, we also looked further afield in North Canterbury but had no success in meeting our criteria.

Then we heard about volunteer plantout days with TAK and spent many happy hours planting trees in the Selwyn district over 3 or 4 consecutive years. When a 10-hectare property came up for sale in Kirwee, we thought this would be perfect for a green dot. So instead of the established native trees we had hoped for, we purchased a house with a few exotic trees and shelter belts all around the house and 2 paddocks. We planted over 2000 trees in Spring 2015 to get the ball rolling, and we have subsequently planted both in Autumn and Spring of 2016 and 2017. We now have a total of 5000 trees all eco-sourced from Motukarara nursery. The growth has been phenomenal, and this season has been particularly good for both trees and weeds. It has been a great challenge to get this far, has kept us fit, and we are rewarded every day with birdsong from an increasing number of birds, and we do see the occasional skink as well. We have room to continue our plantings for quite a few years and hope to have a resident population of fantails and grey warblers one day – Susan Hall

Our mailing address is: Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust
PO Box 69148, Lincoln 7640


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