Picking the seeds

Seeds can only be collected from the wild under permit.  We only allow "pure-bred" seeds to be planted in the restoration area.  "Any old seeds" will not do as they could be from another area or be hybrids.

We accept no substitutes or inferior products.

The aim is to restore the Bush back to what it was.  Not to sort of like it was.

Human Birds

To make the collection of seed (and its dispersal) more interesting, the Friends of Maara Roa have set up a "Human Birds" programme.  Lots of detail about this programme and who has participated, can be found on the Human Birds webpage.

Some of the collected seed is germinated and potted-on.  See our Seed Preparation, Planting and Potting webpage.

However, most of the seed collected via the Human Birds programme is prepared and made into seedballs for later dispersal into chosen areas where access is difficult, if not down right impossible.  View some photos of various stages of the Human Birds programme.

As part of the Human Birds programme, seed was gathered during summer and autumn 2010 / 2011 from the following:

Mountain flax

Mountain flax

  • Aristotelia serrata (makomako, wineberry)
  • Carpodetus serratus (putaputaweta, marbleleaf)
  • Coprosma areolata
  • Coprosma cunninghamii
  • Coprosma rhamanioides (thorny coprosma)
  • Coprosma robusta (karamu)
  • Cordyline australis (ti kouka, cabbage tree)
  • Cordyline banksii x (ti ngahere, forest cabbage tree)
  • Dacrycarpus dacryioides (kahikatea, white pine)
  • Geniestoma ligustrifolium (hangehange, maori privet)
  • Leptospermum scoparium (manuka, tea tree)
  • Macropiper excelsum (kawakawa, pepper tree)
  • Melicytus ramiflorus (mahoe, whiteywood)
  • Myrsine australis (mapou, red matipo)
  • Parsonia hetrophlla (kaihua,NZ jasmine)
  • Pennantia corymbosa (kaikomako, bellbird tree)
  • Phormium cookianum (mountain flax, wharariki)
  • Pittosporum eugenioides (tarata, lemonwood)
  • Pittosporum tenuifolium (kohuhu / kohukohu, black matipo)
  • Pseudopanax arboreus (whauwhaupaku, fivefinger)
  • Solanum lacciniatum (poroporo)

What we plant and protect