Atiu tree planting planned

More hands make light work – the planting days at Atiu Creek Regional Park attract people from across the Auckland region.

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Four community planting days will be held at Atiu Creek Regional Park, on the Kaipara Harbour, starting on June 9.

The events are being organised jointly by Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) and Auckland Council regional parks, who formed a partnership in 2015 to increase the biodiversity values at the park. About 70,000 trees have been planted since then. The two organisations have issued an invitation to families and individuals across Mahurangi to join one of the planting days.

“A lot of people have never visited the park so the planting days offer the perfect opportunity to visit and get involved,” CVNZ Auckland regional manager Clair Hobi says. “All you need is sturdy footwear, a hat, water and a spade.”

Atiu Creek is Auckland’s third largest regional park, covering 843-hectares of farmland, exotic forest, native bush, wetlands and mangroves. It was gifted to the people of New Zealand and entrusted to Council by Pierre and Jackie Chatelanat in 2005, and officially opened to the public in 2008.

CVNZ runs a nursery at the park where it grows trees from seeds sourced at the park and this year, 30,000 seedlings have been raised ready for planting. Other activities undertaken by CVNZ at the park include environmental pest plant control, predator control, track maintenance and regular water monitoring.

The planting days will be held on June 9, July 28, August 17 and September 1, starting at 10.15am and finishing around 2.30pm. Booking essential: Phone 0800 567 686 or



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