Kia ora Koutou,

As we wrap up the 2018 planting season, Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Trust would like send a wholehearted thank you to all those who have contributed to our recent events.

In total we have planted over 12,000 native eco-sourced seedlings at 16 Greendots throughout Canterbury. We wouldn't have been able to do any of this without the dedicated landowners and volunteers giving up their time to help restore biodiversity to our local environment. We also thank the ecologists for laying out plants, the students for assisting and the helpers from various organisations who took on tasks to make the planting days go smoothly. 

Our Kids Discovery Programme has been just as successful with 14 schools taking part in the planting of over 5,500 plants at sites in and near their schools. Students get so much out of these days, not only planting but learning about the importance of the environment and having fun at the same time. We thank the many people who have come along to share their knowledge with the children on different topics throughout the year. 

Ka Pai and thank you for a wonderful planting season. 

In this issue...

  • Apply Now for 2019 native planting assistance!
  • Seeking new Ecologist and Trustees
  • Stackwoods Bend Crowdfunding Campaign
  • Canterbury Plantout update
  • Kids Discovery Plantout Programme Update
  • The importance of eco-sourced seedlings
  • A thank you to our supporters

Apply Now for Assistance Planting Natives at your Property

Successful applicants can receive:

  • A restoration plan put together with an ecologist, including a plant list specific to the property along with instructions on how to prepare and maintain the site to ensure best possible survival and growth.
  • Up to $1500 funding towards plants and plant guards with specific funds being available to landowners in the Hororata area. 
  • Te Ara Kākāriki can also bring a group of volunteers to your site for planting as part of the Canterbury Plantout in Spring 2019.
New Positions - Te Ara Kākāriki Canterbury Greenway Trust
Part-time ecologist work: We are currently seeking to contract another ecologist for seasonal part-time work. The ideal person would have experience and a passion for native ecology. Tasks would include assessing sites, writing restoration plans, attending meetings, laying out plants for Spring Plantouts and speaking to volunteer groups. If this sounds like you, please email to request an application.

Call out for new trustees: If you have a passion for restoring natives to Canterbury and would like to get more involved have you thought about becoming a trustee? Our team of seven trustees meets every six weeks to discuss and make key decisions. Each trustee performs a role suited to their individual skills. If you have skills or time to share, please email  to request an application.
Stackwoods Bend Crowdfunding
Donate today to enable Ladbrooks School to plant another 200 metres along the  riverbank!


Te Ara Kākāriki and Ladbrooks Schools have joined forces with Million Metres Streams to crowdfund the next stage of their Stackwoods bend, Huritini/Halswell river planting project. 

With two years of planting now complete at the Stackwoods Bend site we are ready for the next stage. We're asking you for your kind support to continue this great work.

Check out the video above or follow the link below to find out how you can help make a difference restoring biodiversity to this site!  

Canterbury Plantout Update

Over 300 volunteers have joined Te Ara Kākāriki at various sites across Selwyn since our first plant out in August.

On September 22nd our biggest plantout of the season saw up to 150 dedicated volunteers show up to plant almost 5,000 native seedlings at properties in Hororata and surrounding areas.

Split into two groups, volunteers travelled to three sites each. Buses, tools, food and refreshments as well as dinner was provided for the whole day. One group was fortunate to plant at the stunning Hororata Golf course. Pauline Pearce, (pictured left) is a regular volunteer at the course, and she brought along her niece Chloe Sands for the day. Pauline proudly showed volunteers established native plantings carried out in 2010, many of which were four or five metres tall. The soil was soft and dark, so this was one of the more favourable planting sites.

The Canterbury plantout days attract a diverse range of people with the same common goal. Sue and Karl Thompson planted at Pam Aldersley's site in Springfield. They drove from Christchurch with their 10-month-old daughter Olive to be among like – minded people and spend a day in nature. Olive helped by passing stakes to her mum and helping Dad firm down the soil. “Today I’ve really enjoyed seeing the plantings from the past few years alongside todays new seedlings, it’s such a beautiful spot planting so close to the snowy mountains” said Karl (below right).


Despite a detailed schedule set out for the day, there were a few surprises. One of the group bus’s batteries went flat causing those in charge to flurry around to come up with a plan B. Despite some delays, and a few hundred being left unplanted for two landowners, comments from the volunteers were cheerful.  Michal Kuchar, a student from Lincoln University said that it was one of the best volunteer events he has been to across New Zealand, so he always looks forward to the next Te Ara Kākāriki Plantout day.

Te Ara Kākāriki seek out willing landowners every year, as well as public lands for planting native ‘Greendots, or stepping stones for birds across the plains. This particular program in Hororata is funded by the Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund and will continue for one more year.

Kids Discovery Plantout Programme Update

It has been a busy season for the Kids Discovery Plantout programme with 12 school groups taking part in planting and nature activity days this Spring.

Many students have been lucky enough to plant along some of Canterbury’s waterways, with learning focusing not only on how they can improve local biodiversity with native plants but also about water quality in our local streams. Investigations have focused on the aquatic life present at planting sites and how we can tell the health of the water by the life present. Students have also learned how nutrients and sediment can affect the aquatic habitat and they spent time brainstorming ways to improve this.

Glentunnel School Kids Discovery Plantout

One hundred Glentunnel School students started their day walking along the Waikirikiri (Selwyn River) which runs between their school and Joyce Reserve. Members of the Coalgate-Glentunnel Reserve Committee joined the students planting 400 eco-sourced native seedlings and spreading mulch to help keep soil moisture levels high.

Enviroschools Matt Stanford set Fyke nets and G Minnow traps in the river the day before and students were excited to discover masses of long finned tuna (eels) and common bullies living in the river. They discussed the habitat requirements of fish and problem solved some ways they could care for the waterway, including removing rubbish.

Dion Stechmann, Principal of Glentunnel School led investigations into the aquatic invertebrates. As a result of being this high up in the catchment the trays were teeming with life. The students identified stonefly and caddisfly nymphs, dobsenfly larvae and gordian (horse hair) worms.

Dion Stechmann said “It’s always wonderful to have the students working and learning together and connecting with their environment. The day connected with our Te Reo Maori week theme of nurture the land and it will nurture you”. Thanks Lou and Matt for a fabulous day!”

(Taken from Kids Discovery Plantout Update – September 2018 by Kids Discovery Coordinator Lou Drage)

The importance of Eco-sourcing 

With so few natural native remnants remaining in Canterbury it is an important part of Te Ara Kākāriki’s philosophy to only use eco-sourced plants.

What is ecosourcing?

Eco-sourcing is the use of plants that have been grown from locally sourced seeds. That is; seed taken from naturally growing remnants as close as possible to your planting site.

Why does Te Ara Kākāriki only plant eco-sourced seedlings?

Over many generations plants adapt genetically to their local conditions meaning their seedlings will be more likely to thrive and have better survival rates if they are planted near their original source.

Planting eco-sourced plants also preserves the unique characteristics of local plants. With advances in science, discoveries of new species are still being made. For example, Kanuka has recently been split into at least eight species. When eco-sourcing is not used these unique species can be lost due to hybridization.

What can you do?

Whether you are planting 1 or 1000 seedlings, ensure you purchase plants from a nursery that eco-sources and let the nursery know you want only eco-sourced seedlings for your site. 

To find out more:


A Special Thank You to some of our Supporters!

Te Ara Kākāriki is a charitable trust and we couldn’t do any of the work we do without the help of our funders and supporters. Below are a few of the individuals who have helped us out in different ways recently.

  – Stephen and Michelle Brailsford have kindly donated 850 plant guards for two of our Kids Discovery sites this season as well as preparing the Ladbrooks school site. Correct preparation before planting gives seedlings gives the best start and results in best possible survival rates so this donation is well appreciated. .

– Arjen and Jantina Buter of Ariki Seeds gave a donation to Te Ara Kākāriki earlier this year. The funds were used to buy 260 plants for one of our Kids Discovery schools. The Buter family has also been planting with Te Ara Kākāriki for several years. 

Amanda Greenham – Amanda dedicated her run in the Mt Cook ½ marathon to raise funds for Te Ara Kākāriki this month. She raised $125 for the trust by setting up a give a little page. Well done Amanda!

Rolleston Christian School - The students of Rolleston Christian school recently held a bake sale to raise funds for Te Ara Kākāriki. They raised an impressive $300 for the trust. The school is part of our Kids Discovery Plantout programme. Ka Pai!
Kids Discovery Plantout Programme Main Funders and Supporters.
Greendot/Plantout Programme Main Funders and Supporters.
Our mailing address is: Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust
PO Box 69148, Lincoln 7640


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