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​Free Pohutukawa Coast plants 5 June

This page contains information about this year's Pohutukawa Coast Programme giving away free native plants from 5 June.
Updated: 11/06/2018 9:33 a.m.

THE FREE TREES being given away as part of our Pohutukawa Coast programme are all gone now. A total of 3860 native plants have gone to their new homes and will soon be greening up our district. Thanks to everyone who took part this year.

If you want some free native plants, the Pohutukawa Coast Programme is for you. Whether you live in a rural area or are a city dweller, play your part in creating a more diverse natural environment. Plant your free plants and be part of this popular programme.

Initially the programme was set up to help re-establish young pohutukawa trees along our coastline. Now it has evolved to providing habitat and food for our native birds, bringing lovely bird song into urban areas.

After 28 years, this plant giveaway is more popular than ever, so you need to be quick. The 3,860 plants we are giving away this year will go fast. Last year the plants in our central distribution point (Botanica) went in a few days.

Whangarei District Council Parks and Recreation Manager, Sue Hodge, said this will bring the total number of trees distributed since the project began to 69,900. The young plants are especially grown by Tawapou Coastal Native Nurseries at Tutukaka. The mix of native trees and shrubs are suitable for coastal locations, rural or urban properties, wetlands and hedges.

There is a limit of two plants per ratepayer or Whangarei District resident to ensure they are distributed evenly. 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 in 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 5 June. Please do not contact our distributors prior to this date.

Plants are available from:

  • 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 Robbie Jones. Phone 09 432 7329.
  • 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.

Council would once again like to thank everyone who has made this year’s Pohutukawa Coast Programme possible. Special recognition goes to the volunteer distributors who provide this valuable service for the community year after year.

For more information, please contact Whangarei District Council Parks Technical Officer, Spencer Jellyman on 09 430 4200 extension 8844.

Plants available are:

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



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