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!

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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!

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Planting at Glendhu Wetland June 2020

"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

"Our place" at the A&P Show

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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

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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

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