Te Muri, NZ

Restoring land near Auckland

Located north of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island, Te Muri is a regional park that overlooks Mahurangi Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. Since 2016, Greenfleet has partnered with Auckland Council to revegetate this park and help to conserve and enhance its unique biodiversity.

The pōhutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa), pūriri (Vitex lucens)-broadleaved forest ecosystem forms part of the remnant vegetation on the site and the protection and extension of this ecological community is vital. While originally impacted by land clearance, other threats to this ecosystem include sea-level rise as a result of climate change.

Between 2016 and 2021, Greenfleet revegetated more than 57 hectares of the park with indigenous seedlings. This is equivalent to the size of 28 Melbourne Cricket Grounds (or 33 Eden Park Stadiums in Auckland). 

Now, more than 70,000 trees have been planted with species that include pōhutukawa, pūriri, tōtara (Podocarpus totara) and kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides). Ongoing assessments have found that all previously planted areas are growing well and Auckland Council is happy with the progression of the project. 

There are many environmental benefits to the revegetation work happening at Te Muri. Restoration of the coastal broadleaved forest will also help with the connectivity of wildlife habitat in the region. As we continue to extend the vegetation on the site it will provide stepping stones for many indigenous bird species to move throughout the area. 

With the steep rolling hills of Te Muri, this project assists in the protection of the creeks and gullies of the park. Located within the Hungry Creek and Puhoi River catchments, the revegetation with indigenous species is helping to improve water quality as it flows into both of these important waterways. 

Finally, the project is contributing an incredible amount of climate action. This forest is legally protected and over its lifetime will capture over 18,200 tonnes of CO2-e from the atmosphere. This is the equivalent to emissions from over 4,000 vehicles for a whole year.

The project allows us to collaborate with conservation organisations, local landholders and businesses in New Zealand to enrich biodiversity, take climate action and restore ecosystems. In 2021 Greenfleet also formed a new partnership with Wildland Consultants to help deliver the project and we look forward to planting more trees as a part of this continued reforestation project with them in 2022.  

Panorama photo of Greenfleet's planting site at Te Muri

Location size

57ha, north of Auckland, New Zealand.

Planting dates

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Species

  1. Alectryon excelsa
  2. Beilschmiedia tarairi
  3. Carex geminata
  4. Carex lessoniana
  5. Carex virgata
  6. Carpodetus serratus
  7. Coprosma robusta
  8. Cordyline australis
  9. Corynocarpus laevigatus
  10. Cyperus ustulatus
  11. Dacrycarpus dacrydioides
  12. Sophora microphyla
  13. Cordyline australis
  14. Dacrycarpus dacrydioides
  15. Dysoxylum spectabile
  16. Knightia excelsa
  17. Kunzea robusta
  18. Leptospermum scoparium
  19. Melicytus ramiflorus
  20. Metrosideros excelsa
  21. Myrsine australis
  22. Phormium tenax
  23. Phyllocladus trichomanoides
  24. Podocarpus totara
  25. Pseudopanax lessonii
  26. Sophora chathamica
  27. Sophora microphylla
  28. Vitex lucens