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"Educate for nature" programme

Thanks to the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust's support and inspiration, we have been working on a programme similar to theirs called "Educate for nature".

The goal of this programme is to connect more young people to their land via hands-on activities. Activities will be adapted to age groups, and will include growing native plants from seeds or cuttings, planting native plants in the community and looking after them, learning to identify native plants and what species to plant according to site conditions.

Thank you to the Sargood Bequest, the Di Buchan Environmental Trust, Skycity Community Fund and QLDC for supporting this project.

If you would like more information, get in touch with us.


Wānaka Primary School


This Te Kākano initiated planting project has seen a native plant reference garden established at the Wanaka Primary School site. 350 plants of 30 different native species have been planted and landscaped in such a way that the students can ‘play’ amongst the plants and be able to identify them up close from the plant tags installed. Our first planting on site was held in August 2013 and was helped by students from the EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) programme. The garden was completed in May 2015 and celebrated with an official opening attended by all pupils, many parents and Te Kakano volunteers. Many thanks to all the contributed to this wonderful area that will provide a legacy at the school for many years to come.

The garden continues to develop and grow with recent work being funded by Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.



Paper 4 Trees

Te Kākano supplied plants to the Paper 4 Trees programme from 2011 - 2017. Paper 4 Trees is a waste minimisation reward programme for NZ schools and preschools. It's the largest school-based recycling programme of its type in the country with over 4000 schools and early childhood centres participating. We covered the Central Otago and Queenstown-Lakes districts for the first two years, and then just the Wanaka area. We have such a demand for plants we can no longer supply this great scheme.  The Paper 4 Trees programme is run by EERST (Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust), and like us, depend on funding to continue their work, so check out their website to see how you can be a donor and find out ways to get involved. 






As part of our 'inspire and educate' strategy, we host school groups at our nursery for a fun day learning about native plants, propagation and our cause for native habitat restoration. Sometimes, we also organise for them to visit one of our project sites, so that they can see first hand where the plants are going and learn about the 'bigger picture'. We've had pre-schoolers to university students come visit and it's always a hive of activity with so many young folk around. 


So far, we've hosted students from:


If you're a teacher and would like to visit our community native plant nursery or get your students involved in habitat restoration, just drop us a line anytime.


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