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Current Activities

Activities during the year Greater Wellington Summer Events Programme of Walks Tree Planting Tree Care Tree Care Pest Control Potting-on Nursery Work Making pots, collars in nursery

Overview of Activities during the year




Potting-on seedlings in Tree Nursery

Seedlings in root trainers

Seedlings in root trainers

Cardboard collar to reduce weeds and retain soil moisture

Cardboard collar for new tree

[More details about Seed Preparation, Planting and Potting]

Our tree nursery is now established in great facilities at Aotea College, Okowai Road, Porirua.  We are using a horticultural area that includes fencing, storage, a shade house and plenty of room - to take all our seedling trees, equipment, benches, tools, etc.

We have a Plant Growing Unit for nurturing our young plants, sponsored by the Tindall Foundation and provided for by the Trees for Survival Programme

We warmly thank Aotea College and Trees for Survival.

What's involved:  Each week a cheery group of volunteers gathers at our nursery to work potting-on seedlings into pots for planting out when they are large enough.  We also prick out small seedlings into root trainers and care for germinating seeds.  We are caring for a wide range of locally sourced natives for our regeneration project, at all stages of their growth.

We also re-cycle used cardboard cartons, cutting and slotting them to make collars.  One collar for each seedling planted.  The collars prevent weed growth that can smother small trees.  The collars also act as mulch.

Where:  - At our Nursery Workshop-Storage room at Aotea College, Okowai Road, Porirua.

Where's the Nursery?  Drive into Aotea College grounds; first right takes you into a large parking area by the Assembly Hall - our Nursery is down the slope to the right of the building.  Follow the path down the hill towards our fence.

Contact: Interested visitors and helpers are always welcome. 

How frequently:  every Thursday morning, 10am - 12.30pm

Next dates: 


Other Weekday Options

Can't come on Saturdays, but free during the week?

During Winter plantings, and Spring & Summer tree care, we think there may be many folk who could come on a Tuesday or Thursday, weekly or fortnightly, and give a few hours.

Are you retired, a part-time worker or not in employment, a parent with time while children are at kindy or school?

We would like to create a group of people like you to help during the week.

Want to offer to help? 

Other Activities:


Sadly, our programme of Walks being guided by Friends of Maara Roa is in recess.

However, we still want you to come and visit the Valley and walk around our 100ha restoration area, see the bush, the streams and wetlands, and enjoy this part of Belmont Regional Park.

How?  See our Walks webpage.

Possum Control

The Possum Control Team doesn't get much "press", so we decided that needed some attention.  Photographer Cheng joined team member Tony, when he patrolled his bait lines one afternoon in May 2012.

The result: The Possum Control Team - One Man's Story.

Seed Preparation, Planting and Potting

Human Birds