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Help us plant 3500 native plants!

We have only a few short weeks to complete our Spring planting programme and we need your help.

Join us at the Te Hōnonga a Iwi Restoring Rosedale Park project site on Saturday, 10 September from 10am to 1pm to help plant 3 500 eco-sourced natives. We will be sowing cover crop as we plant by putting seeds in the compost.

Nicky Shave, one of the project co-ordinators says it’s essential that we get the plants in the ground so they have time to get established before the hot, dry weather hits us.

“All you need to bring is gumboots or old shoes, a raincoat, gardening gloves and a spade if you have them, and drinking water,” Nicky says.

The Spring planting programme is the next step in the Te Hōnonga a Iwi Restoring Rosedale Park project, which is an urban environmental restoration of 4000 square metres of unused, weed infested land behind Hilton Brown Swimming in Albany’s Volkner Place.

“We want as many people as to be part of this unique pilot programme that’s enhancing the local area.

“Our project team is intergenerational with stakeholders from two years of age who sow cover crops to older adults who are using their gardening expertise to care for our native trees in their retirement home. Te Hōnonga a Iwi is also privileged to work in partnership with socio-cultural groups including Māori and our Chinese community as well as neuro-diverse youth who are already skilled at planting.”

Spring Planting Day

When: 10am – 1pm, Saturday, 10 September

Where: Te Hōnonga a Iwi Restoring Rosedale Park project site, behind Hilton Brown Swimming in Volkner Place, Albany

What to bring: Gumboots or old shoes, a raincoat, gardening gloves, drinking water

RSVP: Let us know you are coming along by emailing

Parking: The Hilton Brown Swimming carpark is not available on Saturdays so either look for street parking in the nearby area or park at North Harbour Hockey and walk to the site.

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