Tāwharanui Regional Park Planting Day


Keen to get outdoors and help boost the natural beauty and brilliance of our backyard? If you've been waiting for an opportunity to take action and volunteer one (or three) days for one of our regional parks, the Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc (TOSSI) and the Auckland Council would love your help planting a few trees.

TOSSI works in partnership with the Auckland Council to maximise the success of the Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary. Every year, Auckland Council, TOSSI and park rangers, collect seeds from within the Tāwharanui Park and grow on the resulting plants in the nursery. A couple of winters after collection, the 20,000-odd trees are ready to be planted back in their original habitat, to further improve this special ecosystem. That might sound like a lot of trees, and it is! It takes at least three Planting Days to get these into the ground – and a massive effort, which these teams, the trees and all the animals that will find new homes amongst them would love you for.

The Auckland Council run Planting Days with TOSSI, aimed at protecting native plants, birds, fish and insects, their support systems and food supplies. Regular planting is incredibly important for the Tāwharanui Regional Park as it helps maintain and enhance biodiversity. As with all regional parks, the aim is to protect ecological function as well as create “areas for recreation and views to enjoy," says Sue Hill from Auckland Council.

Another reason to get involved? "Because it’s fun! You can watch the result of your work develop and (coincidentally) you’re doing your bit to save the planet," says Sue. You'll also be with like-minded people, all passionate about conservation. Those who have been volunteering their time will no doubt attest to the feel-good moment when returning to the areas they have planted and seeing the incredible growth they take on. You can really see your positive impact on the local environment.

Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary is a unique blend of conservation, recreation and sustainable farming within Tāwharanui Regional Park. The open sanctuary includes mature and regenerating native bush, wonderful beaches, spectacular coastal cliffs, wetlands, heritage sites, a marine reserve and extensive areas of rich pasture.


Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced green thumb or a plant taxonomist; these planting days are all about getting stuck in and having fun, all while showing your love for the Tāwharanui sanctuary, it’s plants and animals. This year, you can volunteer your time on Sunday 3 June, 1 July or 5 August. No sign up required just roll on up with your family and friends, your own spade and gloves! Make sure you're wearing enclosed boots or shoes and weather appropriate clothing, "you'll almost certainly get muddy," says Sue. Just remember, all footwear and equipment must be clean of soil to prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback disease.

The day starts at 9am and with fruit, cookies, coffee and tea available all day for boosted energy! The Auckland Council will even have food ready at lunchtime or for when you've finished to say "job well done!"