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!


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

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

Celebrations & season's greetings

Despite all the disruption we had this year, we managed to plant 3,916 native trees and shrubs with the community in and around Wānaka. We also planted 5,000 plants as part of the riparian planting programme with WAI Wānaka.

We celebrated the end of the year with a lovely BBQ near the nursery. It was great to share some food, drinks and nice conversations with our wonderful volunteers. Thank you to all who came along!

We also organised and enjoyed a farewell party for Andrew at Rippon Hall. Andrew retired from his nursery manager role in February but we were only able to organise a party in December. We acknowledged Andrew & Sue's amazing work and dedication for our local environment. What a great celebration it was!

To all of you a massive thank you for your ongoing support!

Best wishes for the festive season and New Year!

December 2020

More changes in the Board of Trustees

Ali O'Brien stepped down as a Trustee but stays a volunteer for Te Kākano!

Ali has contributed an enormous number of hours, firstly as administrator, then as a trustee over many years. We will miss her huge capacity for giving time as well as her intelligent and considered input to the board's work. Thank you Ali very much for all your hard work over the years, we really appreciate it.

September 2020

Changes in the Board of Trustees

Ben Taylor has taken over the chair role for the trust from Nick Mills. We would like to acknowledge Nick's huge contribution as founder, trustee and two stints as chair! He has been instrumental in developing and growing the trust over the last 11 years and we are thankful that he is remaining on as a trustee.

We are also very lucky to be able to welcome two new trustees, Andrew Gawith and Emma Conyngham onto the Board. Andrew comes with a wealth of business and governance experience from the world of economics and Emma comes with fantastic skills in the media and communications space.

We are also saying goodbye to Neil Woodrow as a trustee extraordinaire who has given a huge amount of his time over the last 6 years, in particular as treasurer and as the lead on the Fresh Water Improvement project. Thank you Neil for all your hard work as a trustee!

July 2020

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