The Chapman family, Mark Vincent, Adam Stevens and his two sons Charlie and Flynn — enthusiastic tree planters head home

Kauri planting ends for year

by Andy Bryenton

The future of the kauri tree in the Kaipara has had a ‘shot in the arm’ recently with the Kauri Regeneration Programme undertaken by The Kauri Museum with the aid of schools and the wider community.

“We have all but finished planting for the 2019 season and we are pleased to report that in the last three months over 120 kauri have been planted in the Kaipara District,” said the museum’s Kay McElvie.

“We are extremely grateful to the Chapman family who donated 20 trees to the project and joined us for the planting. The family has promised to donate 20 trees a year for the next 10 years.

“We also acknowledge the Friends of the Museum donation of $500 and the many people who have bought a tree from the shop for planting on public land. These donations have enabled us to distribute trees to all the local primary schools, the Paparoa and Maungaturoto walkways and the new walkway alongside the Matakohe bridges. NZTA also planted several large specimens at the museum turn-off from SH16.

“We are now working on establishing future public sites, including, we hope some council land, and sourcing more trees, so that when Arbor Day 2020 comes along we will be ready to go. If you would like to donate to this scheme please, either pop into the museum shop, or email”

Last Tuesday saw the whole of Paparoa Primary School turning out to help plant out an area alongside the stream behind the Paparoa Store that will be a walkway for the Twin Streams lifestyle village, which is being developed.