Free native plants for Kaipara conservation

Thousands of native plants are being given away this winter for conservation and riparian planting projects, thanks to Te Arai Native Nursery and the Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group (IKHMG).

This is the second year that their subsidised planting scheme has been run, which is available to landowners in North Auckland and Northland whose land is in the Kaipara Harbour catchment area.

There are five plant species available – manuka, kanuka, harakeke, karamu and cabbage tree – and the minimum order is 11 trays, or 308 plants. Plants are free, or can be delivered, planted or maintained for a fee.

IKHMG field programme leader Kathryne Easton, who oversees the project applications, says this provides an option for landowners who want to do this type of work, but don’t have the time.

“We have a team who can do the complete job, from ground preparation, planting and maintenance of plants to ensure survivability, at a cost,” she says.

She emphasises that plants are only available for projects designed to improve water quality and stabilise the landscape.

“Ideally, we would like to see plants used for the purposes of maintaining sediment on the land to prevent run-off to waterways, which results in sedimentation of our rivers, estuaries and harbours,” she says. “And also to improve water quality through shade and providing habitat for native species.”

Te Arai Native Nursery was established two years ago at Ocean View Road, Te Arai as part of a project to promote long-term strategic riparian planting by Te Uri O Hau Charitable Trust and IKHMG.

This year’s plant offer is open until all plants are allocated or the planting season runs out. Full details and order forms are available from Kathryne Easton on 021 285 0663 or