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350 native trees planted at Te Muri, north of Auckland

350 native trees planted at Te Muri, north of Auckland

There's nothing like a tree planting day to welcome new supporters on board.

On June 11, 2017, around 20 volunteers from the Auckland and Counties Area – along with NZMCA President Bruce Stanger and his wife, Heather, and CEO Bruce Lochore – turned out  to help plant 350 native trees at Te Muri Regional Park. The weather was perfect and the view out over the Hauraki Gulf was sensational. However, it wasn’t easy work, heavy kikuyu cover of the steep sidling allocated for the planting made digging a bit of a challenge; but the members stuck at it and had the native seedlings planted in a couple of hours.

The planting session was set up for NZMCA - the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association, a membership based organisation for private motor caravan in New Zealand. NZMCA is partnering with Greenfleet in a trial project designed to reflect members’ care for the environment. The Association’s initial $10,000 funding will pay for some 2,488 native trees – including pohutukawa, karaka, rewarewa, puriri, tanekaha and kahikatea – to be planted in a 2.5ha area of the park.

NZMCA President Bruce Stanger said the organisation was delighted to be partnering with Greenfleet in the Te Muri planting. “We had been looking for some time for a suitable project that reinforced our commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment and Greenfleet’s credibility and experience in native tree planting ticked all the boxes for us."

It’s great to get the project underway – certainly, I think all the volunteers who helped out at the initial planting enjoyed getting their hands dirty for a good cause,” Bruce added.

Greenfleet began helping to revegetate part of the land with native vegetation in 2016 and so far about 4,000 native seedlings have been planted. The goal is to eventually plant about 200ha of the Park (that’s around 200,000 native trees!).

Te Muri Regional Park – which is about 45 minutes’ drive north of central Auckland – was purchased in 2010 by the Auckland Regional Council and is a beautiful spot overlooking Mahurangi Harbour.


Mosaic of photos from Greenfleet's tree planting day with NZMCA's members and staff in June 2017