Wakatipu Reforestation Trust

By GUY WILLIAMS A volunteer army from Queenstown Primary School is giving KAPOW some extra punch. The school approached the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust last year asking if it needed students to help with one of its native planting projects. The trust suggested...
By GUY WILLIAMS The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust will celebrate a major milestone this weekend when its 50,000th native plant goes into the ground. The moment will come tomorrow morning at Whitechapel Reserve, near Arrow Junction, where the trust’s holding the first...

Nailing nasty weeds

By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu Reforestation Trust’s getting some much-needed manpower to control weeds on Arrowtown’s Feehly Hill. The Queenstown branch of construction company Naylor Love is sending staff to work on the hill, where the trust’s been planting natives since 2015,...
By GUY WILLIAMS A social enterprise born out of the Covid lockdown made its first charitable donation last Wednesday. Less than two months after it launched, Kiwi Welcome distributed $250 to the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust. Founder Sam Brough hopes it’s the first...
By GUY WILLIAMS Be Local New Zealand director Raymond Key (right) shows Wakatipu Reforestation Trust’s Karen O’Donahoo the inner workings of a beehive near Lake Hayes last week. Key’s just given $1000 to the trust from honey sales the company makes...

Beekeeper buzzing

By GUY WILLIAMS A collective of honey producers in Queenstown is shaking off the sting of fewer tourists and spreading its wings in local outlets. Raymond Key set up the Local Honey Collective 18 months ago to support small-scale beekeepers like...

Student labouring

By MATTHEW MCKEW Nothing's normal this year and even the annual Year 10 Work Day’s been through a change, but perhaps for the better, the organiser says. For well over 50 years, Wakatipu High students in Queenstown have gone on ‘‘an...

A place to plant your roots

By GUY WILLIAMS The first 1000 trees of a native ‘Welcome Forest’ will be planted at Kelvin Heights’ Jardine Park tomorrow, and organisers hope lots of migrant families and newcomers will come and help. The planting day, running from 9am to...

Tree-mendous day planned

By PHILIP CHANDLER If we’re back to Alert Level 1 by September 21, Jardine Park will host one of Queenstown’s biggest ever community planting days. Under the ‘Stars programme’, introduced to Wakatipu High this year, more than 350 students from Years...
Who doesn't want to see more native trees and plants established in the Wakatipu?  Local entrepreneur Michael Sly gets rid of unwanted wilding pines to make valuable essential oil, but had always wanted to find a way to replace each wilding with a...

Park’s cash for natives

Kiwi Birdlife Park owners are embarking on a new environmental initiative. Paul and Sandra Wilson are stumping up cash for staff to plant a tree per day within the grounds. Paul reckons it shows they're doing their bit for climate change. Sandra...
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