Education & engagement

We have now launched the exciting Educate for nature project! Jo Guest is our new education Manager and will be leading this project, thanks to further funding received from the Sargood Bequest.

We have already welcomed two groups at the nursery, the Wānaka preschool and the local homeschooling group. They learnt about how to process and sow kōwhai seeds.

We are also restarting the lunch & learn sessions. Bring your lunch to the nursery and learn about native plants. We will have different speakers sharing their knowledge and skills.

The first session will be on the 27th April at the nursery, from 12pm to 1pm. Arne Cleland will teach us how to propagate native plants from cuttings. If you would like to take part in this workshop, secure your space by emailing us here.

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

April 2022

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Educate for nature

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 Di Buchan Environmental Trust for supporting this project.

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

February 2022


Nursery development project - more updates

The nursery development project started in November. A lot has been done since then!

The earthworks have been completed, we have a new container and a roof structure which gives some shelter from the elements to our dedicated nursery volunteers, the irrigation system has been set up, a shade house has been built, and the ground has been laid with weed mat. We are now working on the layout of the containers.

​In the meantime, the "normal" nursery work continues, hundreds of plants are being sowed, pricked out, potted on, etc.


If you have building skills, spare material, or just a desire to help us, please, get in touch! We would love to hear from you.

January 2022



Nursery development project - update

The last few months, we have been busy working on our nursery development project. The aim of this project is to improve the current facilities at our nursery (provide a sheltered area to our nursery volunteers, create an educational space and a small weather proof kitchen, improve the irrigation system, etc.)

We have now completed our fundraising for this project, and thanks to Sargood Bequest, Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust, Rotary Club of Wānaka and Aspiring Lions Club, we will be starting the project mid-November.

Prior to starting the project, we are organising 3 working bees to remove and dismantle part of the old nursery (irrigation, shade cloth, weed mat, etc.).

  • Tuesday 9th November, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

  • Thursday 11th November, 9am to 12pm

  • Friday 12th November, 9am to 12pm

Let If you would like to join one or several of these sessions, contact us,


If you have building skills, spare material, a sliding door you no longer need, get in touch!

We need your help!

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Conservation Week - 4th to 12th September 2021

We have a few events for you during this year's Conservation Week:

  • "walk & talk", join us for a stroll around the DOC office buildings in Wānaka; there are some beautiful mature native plants to discover. We will share some facts about these beautiful plants (their habitat, seeds, uniqueness, best way to propagate them and other fun facts).

    • Tuesday 7th September, 5pm to 6pm

    • Thursday 9th September, 12pm to 12pm - bring your lunch and your questions!

  • "learn & discover", join us at the Wānaka Library to learn ad discover about local native plants; Thursday 9th September, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

All the events are free and all are welcome!


Changes in the board of Trustees

We have farewelled Anna Hiatt as a Te Kākano Trustee.

She has given generously of her time over the last 6 years, and we have really valued her intelligent and thoughtful input around the board table where she was heavily involved in communication as well as being the link between our contractors and the trust.


Thank you for all your work and time over the years Anna, you have made a huge contribution and the trust is much better off because of it. We will miss you!

July 2021

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The NZ mountain film & book festival supports Te Kākano

The NZ mountain film & book festival has been supporting Te Kākano for many years. This year, they are going further and launching a new initiative:

"Zero Waste – We have Trees on the Menu!

We made a commitment to zero waste and now we are focused on zero carbon.

We calculate our emissions then offset them by supporting projects that reduce or remove carbon emissions to the same level.

We work with Te Kākano on a local level and now you can get involved at the Festival too.

We donate $50 per Kiwi speaker to Te Kākano so this year, $1000 goes to offset the carbon related to speakers’ travel emissions. But here is where you can help:

In a new initiative as we head towards a carbon-neutral Festival in 2022 we have decided to sell native trees on our café/bar menu. When you order your beer, wine or cookie, you can also say “I’d like one tree too please,” and $3.30 will be added to your order. We won’t actually physically hand you a tree, but after the Festival, we will pass all of this money onto Te Kākano to plant the trees we sell."

For more information about the festival, visit their website:

We are so grateful for their support, so thank you!

June 2021

Planting season

We've started our planting season! We will be planting native plants in and around Wānaka from May to October. This means plenty of opportunities for anyone to join our planting sessions!

We are aiming to plant between 3,000 and 4,000 native plants with the community.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and homepage for the dates and locations of our planting sessions. All welcome!

Contact us if you have any questions!

"Our place" - A&P Show

For the first time, Te Kākano was at the A&P show with 8 other community organisations (MAC Team Green, Kiwi Conservation Club, WAI Wānaka, WAO, Friends of Bullock Creek, Grow Wānaka, SUC free, Phoenix Enhancement Wildlife) under the banner "Our place". The theme of Our Place was "Healthy Ecosystems and Community Wellbeing". We set up a sustainability zone with fun activities for everyone and had a successful show!

Thank you to everyone who helped with this project and to all who visited and took part to the activities!

March 2021

Thank you to "Community matters"

Te Kākano is thrilled to be one of the lucky recipients of the Lottery Community programme. Their generous grant will help us to continue our work with and for the community!

Thank you so much!

As a charitable Trust, we rely on grants, sponsorship and donations. If you would like to support our work, contact us!

February 2021

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Lunch & learn sessions at the nursery

Join our special sessions and learn about bioblitz (a new way to monitor biodiversity), endangered species and native plant propagation, from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

We will be welcoming different speaker for each theme:

- 17th February: Bioblitz with Ash Rabel, Science Communicator for WAI Wanaka

- 17th April: endangered native plants with botanist Geoff Rogers

- 7th March: native plant propagation with native plant expert Arne Cleland

Bring your lunch and questions. We will provide some drinks.

All welcome!

January 2021

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