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Conservation Volunteers New Zealand

NGO / Trust / Philanthropic Organisation
Founded in 2006, Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) offers opportunities for volunteers to join projects throughout New Zealand. We have offices located in Auckland and Wellington in the North Island and Christchurch and Punakaiki in the South Island.

We have previously undertaken several native tree planting programmes, including the Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project on the west coast of the South island, Atiu Creek Regional Park on the Kaipara Harbour, and Forest at the Heart of Wellington in the central Wellington Town Belt on Mt Victoria - which was supported by Trees That Count for 3 years.

In 2022 Trees That Count is providing trees for four of our projects - in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland:

Hem of Remutaka (Wellington) - The Hem of Remutaka project is a partnership between CVNZ, Department of Conservation, Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika, and Greater Wellington Regional Council (together, HOR Partners). This three year project will be delivered on the south coast from Eastbourne to Turakirae Head. The aim of the project is to reinstate the mauri across our ‘Hem of Remutaka’ landscape by restoring mana, ecological connectivity, restoring threatened coastal and wetland systems, improving public access tracks for hikers and cyclists, and working with the public to increase compliance to support appropriate fishing and diving activities along the Eastbourne, Parangarahu and Wainuiomata coastlines. The majority of the planting for this project will be around Parangarahu Lakes, which are a taonga for local iwi, and a hidden gem in the Wellington region. CVNZ has been working with MIRO (Mainland Island Restoration Organisation) and the Friends of Baring Head for many years, so we're very excited for this expansion of our work in this beautiful part of the Wellington region.

Ōwhiro Stream Restoration (Wellington) - CVNZ is partnering with Ōwhiro Catchment Collective (ŌCC), a coordinated community led initiative, to improve the ecological health and well-being of the Ōwhiro Stream catchment. Ōwhiro Stream is the only unpiped stream on Wellington’s south coast, and is home to native tuna (longfin eels) and is a spawning ground for inanga (a whitebait species). As the stream runs next to a roadway for much of its course, there are many invasive plant species preventing native forest regeneration. Our goal is to remove invasive species and replace them with a highly diverse range of eco-sourced native plants, to provide habitat for coastal birds, native lizards, tuna, inanga, and spillover birds from Zealandia. The stream also empties into the Taputeranga Marine Reserve, which is home to a very diverse range of marine life. CVNZ has an outstanding history of leading restoration projects in Wellington, having just completed planting of over 60,000 native trees in 5 years as part of our Forest at the Heart of Wellington project. We also have great relationships within the Owhiro Stream catchment, having worked with OCC for many years, and hosting many restoration events with the students of Owhiro Bay School.

Papakura Stream Restoration Project (Auckland) - this is a new, catchment wide programme to restore and protect this important waterway and habitat for the diverse species that call this area home. The Papakura catchment has seen a lot of change over the years with land clearance and loss of stream bank habitat. This restoration will include fencing, planting native trees and shrubs, water quality monitoring, plant maintenance, and community engagement. Restoration will take place on both public land, in partnership with Manurewa, Franklin and Papakura Local Boards, and private land, in partnership with farmers and other landowners. Trees That Count will be funding trees to be planted at the Brookby Equestrian on Fitzpatrick Road - a stream restoration project to protect more than 2km of stream. The stream through this farm and equestrian centre has in the past been overrun by invasive plants. Now the stream is fully fenced and some native plantings have already been undertaken, but more is needed. The plants will help to stabilise banks, prevent erosion, reduce sediment entering the water as well as providing habitat for birds, lizards and insects. CVNZ is proud to be partnering with this landowner to protect this stretch of stream. CVNZ will manage the planting on this site and also the future maintenance of the trees to give them their best chance of survival.

Whakaraupō (Christchurch) - 1000 eco sourced native trees will be planted in Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour. The intention is to increase biodiversity by providing habitat for birds & invertebrates and to reduce sediment from entering the harbour, therefore improving Mahinga Kai. This restoration work supports the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour catchment management plan and the numerous conservation groups within Whakaraupō. Conservation Volunteers New Zealand has a partnership with the Ministry of Social Development. We run a three month pre employment programme where participants gain valuable work experience, qualifications, support with pathways to employment, pastural care and they're paid on the job. Trees will be planted by our Conservation Work Skills participants around waterways and areas that are prone to erosion on various sites throughout the harbour.

Funders matched to this planter

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand has had support for their plantings from 137 funders since 2017 and has received 25,568 trees through Trees That Count.

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