Arbor Day challenge

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Tree planting on Arbor Day

New Zealanders are being challenged to plant a native tree on Arbor Day (June 5) to set a record for the most trees ever planted on one day in New Zealand.

The challenge comes from Trees That Count, a new conservation programme which aims to increase native tree planting in New Zealand.

Trees That Count is already counting the number of native trees being planted- with more than 400,000 pledged so far for 2017. The Arbor Day campaign will capture a separate count to see how many trees will be planted on June 5.

You can plant a native tree in your garden or gully area and record it on the group’s website and be part of a nationwide effort to plant 4.7 million trees this year, one tree for every New Zealander.

If you’re unable to plant a tree you can donate $10 to Trees that Count, which will plant one on your behalf.

The programme aims to inspire every New Zealander to join the movement to plant millions more native trees for future generations.  It is funded by The Tindall Foundation, and delivered by Project Crimson Trust in partnership with Pure Advantage and the Department of Conservation.


  • And this Arbor Day consider taking a stroll at the Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve and check out how recent plantings and work is looking.   Or take a trip to Tamahere Reserve, at 34 Tauwhare Rd, and see the transformation of the formerly weed-infested area into thriving natural bush – in little over five years.
Pukemokemoke Reserve
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