Young Lincoln Rae helps plant a tree

A Kaipara kauri initiative

by Paul Campbell

Kauri trees are popping up all over, as The Kauri Museum’s regeneration programme gathers momentum, with schools playing a big part in the project to increase kauri planted in Kaipara on public land.

Arbor Day saw 12 kauri planted at Matakohe School with principal Athol Cartwright and enthusiastic pupils planting both at the front of the school entrance and along the proposed cycleway from Ruawai to Paparoa that intersects the school’s boundary.

Paparoa School also planted two trees and will plant more when their section of the cycleway is completed, while Tinopai School has also joined in with their own local plantings.

“In addition a further eight kauri have been purchased by Fulton Hogan for planting alongside the new Matakohe Bridges and a further 13 have already been planted by NZTA at the Kauri Museum turn-off along the same route,” said museum board member Kay McKelvie who, along with fellow board member Deb Clapperton, is spearheading the scheme.

“Similarly, a number of trees will be planted around the museum’s precinct. Our target is to plant 50 kauri trees this season and a further 100 each season thereafter. We are well on the way to meeting this year’s target.

“If you want to contribute to this project, pop into the museum shop and buy a tree for the museum trust to plant, or buy one for your own property. Each purchase of a tree from the museum enables three trees to be planted,” says museum general manager, Tracey Wedge.

“If you donate your purchase for public land planting, you also significantly increase the overall stock in the Kaipara. This ongoing project will reinforce the concept of the Kauri Coast and ensure kauri will be plentiful for the enjoyment of future generations.”