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.