Join us for planting days along the Ōtūkaikino River

Native planting days are being held along the Ōtūkaikino River in the Waimakariri River Regional Park, providing volunteers an opportunity to enhance the waterway’s long-term health.

Planting at Ōtūkaikino RiverSustainable Coastlines, in collaboration with Environment Canterbury, is running the family-friendly native planting events in July and August. More than 25,500 native trees have been planted by volunteers since the organisation began running planting days alongside the Ōtūkaikino River in 2017.

Sustainable Coastlines is a charity that enables people to look after New Zealand's coastlines and waterways by delivering planting projects, clean-up events, education programmes and public awareness campaigns.

Environment Canterbury team leader for forest and parks James Page said these events were a great day out for everyone.

“These planting days are a lot of fun and a fantastic opportunity to help enhance the biodiversity of the area. Trees and a planting site will be provided for participants, alongside a planting tutorial, gloves, spades and refreshments.

“Planting efforts along the Ōtūkaikino River in recent years have made a huge impact on its water quality and show what’s possible when the community works together” said Page.

Ōtūkaikino River is located north of Christchurch and arises from several spring-fed streams. It has a number of tributaries until it joins the Waimakariri River main stem just upstream of State Highway 1.

The river was traditionally used by Ngāi Tūāhuriri rūnanga as an important mahinga kai area.

Event details

Registration is required for each event. More details can be found on the Sustainable Coastline event pages.