Trees That Count
Restoring our native forests
New Zealand is a nation rich in forests and our geographical isolation means that we have some of the most unique flora in the world. In Northland we have the forests full of kauri, one of the world’s largest trees, some of which are so huge they even have their own names such as the famous ‘Tane Mahuta, God of the Forest’. At the other end of the country in Southland you’ll find ancient Gondwana-era rainforests that are so pristine they have garnered UNESCO World Heritage status. We even have vast ‘underwater forests’ of kelp found only in New Zealand waters.
Even though most of our forests are protected through national and regional parks, this is no longer enough to see them through. Diseases such as the kauri dieback are devastating even the largest of trees, opportunistic loggers conduct overnight raids for high priced lumber, and extreme weather events can flatten an entire forest in one go.
To help turn the tide on deforestation, Southern Crossings has partnered with Trees That Count. Through this charity we donate trees to various projects that Trees That Count coordinates via their vast network of local planters.
Our first donation went to Tairawhiti, the East Cape of the North Island near Gisborne. Here we donated 50 native trees. These trees supported the Tairawhiti Ngutukaka project which aims to recover ngutukaka plants, more commonly known as kakabeak. At one stage, there were just 100 of these plants left in the wild, but today the Tairawhiti Ngutukaka project aims not just to plant thousands more, but to provide ongoing care so they survive and thrive.
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