Sunday 30 August, 1-4pm, Rekindle Reforestation project with Avon-Ōtākaro Forest Park

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." Nelson Henderson

We are grateful to have an opportunity to work with the Avon-Ōtākaro Forest Park to re-establish an area of indigenous vegetation near Brooker Avenue.  Come and be part of a team that plants and then maintains this area whilst the plants get established so that they flourish for future generations.

We are looking forward to doing this work in reforestation as a form of resourcefulness. At Rekindle our work focuses on resourcefulness as a means of creating what we need from what we have – and we all certainly need these plants and the clear water, air and other life they support.  

This project involves working with Scott Butcher who is co-chair of Avon- Ōtākaro Forest Park, who has extensive experience in various ecological restoration projects in New Zealand and Australia. Scott will be providing us with education about the process of restoration along the way. The option to donate below will enable Scott’s expert involvement in this project which is key to its success.

This project will involve not only the initial planting, but also the creation of tī kōuka weed mats and a trial of this as part of the ongoing weed management. We have chosen to take on the major challenge of not using sprays (not without much debate), and so keeping on top of weed management will be all important. So we’d love you to be a part of showing that this can be done by working resourcefully together, weeding side by side!


We want to acknowledge the fact that the recent prior use of this land was for homes, and lives were lived there. We acknowledge those that lost homes suddenly in the red-zoning of this land.

We also want to acknowledge and pay our deepest respects to Ngāi Tahu & Ngāi Tūāhuriri whose tūpuna thrived here before pākehā settlement. Prior to the effects of colonisation their whenua was rich in flora and fauna and part of an area abundant in Mahinga Kai and cherished by tāngata whenua.  We also acknowledge te Tiriti o Waitangi and that “The rangatira who signed te Tiriti o Waitangi in February 1840 did not cede sovereignty to the British Crown” Waitangi Tribunal 2014.

This project is an opportunity to form a lifelong connection with this place, and through care and attention enable it to return to a healthy regenerative state.

Please register your interest to be involved below. Your donation towards project costs will go towards:

  • Scott Butcher’s time sharing the educational aspects of ecological restoration
  • Rekindle tutors time to share tī kōuka mat weaving.


Management of COVID-19 risk:

Please be assured this workshop will be managed with the utmost care in terms of risk management in relation to COVID-19. Participants who are unwell, or who are required to self-isolate, must not attend this event. Refunds will be given if participants need to miss the workshop in order to manage the risk of COVID-19, however we need to be advised of this as soon as possible, so that we can fill the space. Refunds will not be given if participants arrive to the workshop unwell on the day.

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