Auck­land to get one mil­lion more trees


Of­fend­ers on pro­ba­tion will be work­ing with Auck­land Coun­cil to plant one mil­lion trees in Auck­land over the next three years.

Mayor Phil Goff launched Mil­lion Trees, an am­bi­tious $3 mil­lion pro­gramme to plant one mil­lion, pre­dom­i­nantly na­tive trees in Auck­land over the next three years.

The ini­tia­tive, which will utilise pris­on­ers for labour, aims to off­set the city’s car­bon emis­sions and pre­vent silt build up into Auck­land’s har­bours and wa­ter­ways.

‘‘This is the largest and most am­bi­tious tree plant­ing that we have ever un­der­taken in Auck­land,’’ Goff said.

He said with 45,000 ex­tra peo­ple com­ing to live in Auck­land ev­ery year, the city needed more plants and green spa­ces.

‘‘These trees will be the lungs of our city.’’

Goff said trees would be planted in re­serves and along streams and creeks. Green cor­ri­dors would be created for walk­ing and cy­cling and streetscapes would be im­proved.

Cor­rec­tions north­ern re­gional com­mis­sioner Jeanette Burns said cor­rec­tions in­volve­ment would be two-fold.

Pris­on­ers would breed and cul­ti­vate seedlings and of­fend­ers on pro­ba­tion would be plant­ing and main­tain­ing the trees.

Trees are al­ready be­ing al­lo­cated with 30,000 go­ing to the North West Wild Link, a cor­ri­dor of linked ecosys­tems from Shake­spear Park in Whanga­paraoa through to the Waitakere Ranges, and Puhinui Re­serve in South Auck­land.

An ad­di­tional 25,000 trees and shrubs were al­lo­cated for Atiu Creek on the north Auck­land bor­der and 15,000 al­lo­cated for Whau River and streams in Hen­der­son.

About 170,000 trees will be planted in the first year, with more in the fol­low­ing two years to make up one mil­lion trees.

Goff first re­leased the plant­ing pol­icy in Au­gust last year dur­ing his cam­paign to be mayor.

The pro­gramme has a bud­get of $1 mil­lion a year which will be off­set by part­ner­ing with busi­nesses and iwi.

Last year Cath Wallace, from En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tions of Aotearoa New Zealand, said Goff’s plan to plant trees would be dif­fi­cult to im­ple­ment.

She said coun­cil would need to take into ac­count the pos­si­bil­ity of view dis­putes, and lim­ited time­frames to plant.


Phil Goff first re­leased the plant­ing pol­icy in Au­gust last year dur­ing his cam­paign to be mayor.

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