Kaipatiki Project December Newsletter

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T?na koe , 

Welcome to Hakihea (November - December period in M?ori lunar calendar) and our December newsletter. 

Kua noho nga manu kai roto i te kohanga - Birds are now sitting in their nests. This beautiful period is a great time to observe the environment and notice the different summer plants, trees, flowers, stars and tides. During this time, we can hear t??, and its call will be dominant in our gardens and reserves in the coming weeks.

Thank you for an amazing 2019, for all your help and support, for your contribution and encouragement and for sharing in nature's revival with us! We wish you a joyous festive season!



International Volunteer Day 5th December

Volunteer for an Inclusive Future! E whai w?hi ai te katoa, kia t?ao te t?!

We celebrate all our amazing volunteers. Volunteerism empowers people to participate in their own communities and fosters inclusion. THANK YOU for being with us; helping, sharing and connecting.

 #volunteer4inclusion #IVD2019



Ideas for Christmas from Kaipatiki Project

Be thoughtful in your gifting this Christmas and New Year.


Gift a tree

Gift a Native Tree This Season

Thank you for an amazing response to-date! So far we have gifted 41 trees! Can we make it to 100? Check out the counter on our website.

If you haven’t yet, there’s still a chance for you to gift a tree and make a difference.

With only $10 a tree, your gift is helping our local reserves, their biodiversity and will continue to grow for many years to come!

The native tree you are gifting is grown by us and will be looked after by passionate volunteers at our nursery until we plant it on your behalf during planting season. Planting will take place in Eskdale Reserve on Auckland’s North, and we'll make sure you're invited.

Gift a tree and get your presents sorted today!

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gift voucher

Kaipatiki Project Gift Voucher

Gift a voucher to your loved ones. The person receiving this voucher will be able to spend it on native plants or attend our sustainable courses. 

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Upcoming Events



Make your own makeup

Make your own make-up

8 December 2019, 2pm - 4pm

Learn how to make Fresh, Allergy Free and Non-Toxic, Pure make-up Products for your collection. Be nurtured and satisfied with your own healthy products that are economical and beautiful.

Tutor: Julie Craig

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Awataha stream project

Awataha Greenway Restoration event

7 December 2019, 10am - 2pm

Join us for the last restoration day of this year at Jessie Tonar Scout Reserve on Saturday 7th December 2019. Register to help us provide a better service.

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If you run, work in or plan to set up a native plant nursery in the Auckland region, please get in touch and join our Facebook. Individuals and organisations welcome.

During our visits to various nurseries, we’ve learnt that people would like more support with how to get started in setting up a native plant nursery, how to grow once they're up and running, and how different nurseries can better support each other.

With funding from Auckland Council Biosecurity, Kaipatiki Project initiated Iwi, Hapu, Community Nursery Network in the Auckland region. In addition to ongoing learning and support, this work will help us identify who’s growing which species, where and for what purpose, as well as what help people need in growing plants for their projects.

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Plant of the month

Panakenake Lobelia angulata

One of the more delightful plants in our restoration nursery is currently putting on a great show.

Panakenake Lobelia angulata is a creeping groundcover that thrives in damp shady areas. Its delicate little flowers are lighting up the back corner of the nursery and in autumn its red berries provide colour and food for birds.


EcoFest North 2020 - run an event

21 Mar - 19 Apr 2020

We're getting excited about 2020 and are busy planning for an inspiring EcoFest North 2020. Thank you to Auckland Foundations’ North Shore Fund and Kaipatiki Local Board for initial funding!

If you'd like to be part EcoFest 2020 by running an event, supporting it in any other way or even help us organise it, please get in touch.

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Youtube contribution

Interpreter volunteers wanted!

YouTube community contribution

We are still looking for community members who speak another language, apart from English, and want to help us grow faster by providing translations on our YouTube channel. 

You will be translating subtitles, titles and descriptions. This will help our channel be discovered and viewed by audiences who speak different languages around the world and want to learn more about New Zealand native plants, and other projects. Let's share in nature's revival worldwide!

For more information please contact media@kaipatiki.org.nz. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Japanese, Hindi and Russian translators have already been found.

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About Kaip?tiki Project

Based in Auckland’s North, Kaipatiki Project is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation, inspiring people to restore our native plants, birds, bugs and fish.

Along with our regular volunteers, we run a thriving native plant nursery at Birkdale and Hobsonville Point sites, growing plants for sale and restoration activities.

We facilitate amazing ecosystem restoration initiatives, such as planting and weeding days, stream care and pest control management.

We enable people to live sustainably through practical and inspiring environmental workshops and events for different age groups.

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