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This page contains information about the 27th year of this sucessful programme.
Updated: 26/05/2017 1:50 p.m.

​This year marks the 27th year of Pohutukawa Coast, and the programme continues to grow in popularity. 

Last year demand for the plants was so great that the plants were snaffled up by Whangarei residents in little over a week.  

Council’s Parks Technical Officer Spencer Jellyman said the programme was originally set up to help re-establish young Pohutukawa trees along our coastline and has evolved to provide a greater diversity of species for planting in rural and urban areas. 

“We now see city dwellers and rural folk taking advantage of our free plant offer.  The plants distributed through this programme in the last 26 years are now providing habitat and food for our native birds, helping bring the lovely bird song into urban areas.”

During this year’s programme Whangarei District Council is giving away 3860 young plants, especially grown by Tawapou Coastal Native Nurseries at Tutukaka.  The mix of native trees and shrubs is suitable for coastal locations, rural or urban properties, wetlands and hedges.

Whangarei District Council Parks and Recreation Manager Paul McDonald said this will bring the total number of trees distributed since the project began to 66,040.

“There is a limit of two plants per ratepayer or Whangarei District resident,  to ensure they are distributed evenly.  Be in quick because there is a limited supply of plants.   If you represent a large community group, you can leave your contact details and if plants remain at the completion of the programme then more plants can be made available to you.”

“Whangarei District Council Parks and Recreation Department and the Northern Branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Society will assist with the distribution of the trees and shrubs, as they have done in the past. 

 The programme’s plant distributors are all knowledgeable and helpful, and will be happy to assist you selecting the right plant for your situation.”

If you would like to take part in this exciting project, please contact one of the distributors listed below and arrange to pick up your free trees.  Plants are available from 6 June.

  • City dwellers and people living in the north of the district should drop in to Botanica in First Ave between 10am and 4pm, 7 days.
  • Tutukaka Coast residents may pick up trees from Tawapou Coastal Natives Nursery. Phone 09 434 3971
  • Southern residents may pick up trees from Nola McCullough. Phone 09 432 8332
  • People living to the north-east and in Whangarei Heads can pick them up from Alan Willis and Rona Mahy-Willis. Phone 09 436 2808.

The Plants

  • Pohutukawa
  • Kowhai
  • Puriri
  • Rewa Rewa
  • Titoki
  • Kauri
  • Tawapou
  • Lancewood
  • Stebulus banksii
  • Karo
  • Olearia albida
  • Pseudopanax lessonii
  • Cabbage tree
  • Olearia solandri
  • Flax
  • Coprosma acerosa
  • Hebe diosmifolia
  • Puka
  • Kaka Beak
  • Hebe parvifolia



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