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Planting native trees and shrubs helps to provide food and habitat for tūī, kererū and other native birds and wildlife and can make your neighbourhood a more attractive place to live.

Native planting can stabilise soil preventing erosion around streams, cliffs and sand dunes. It can help to prevent sites previously infested with pest plants from being colonised by other weeds. It also creates important linkages between our fragmented ancient forest remnants so that nature can thrive again.

For guidance on what to plant where, please see the resources below from Auckland Council. For specific advice and help with developing planting plans for your site, please get in touch with us at

If you’re interested in growing native plants from seed, you can collect seed whilst walking in your nearby reserve. For more information on seed germination and what seeds are viable right now, please see the resources below from the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Each of the 34 stream catchments within Hibiscus & Bays have a unique character, in part defined by the suite of different variants of native plant species growing there. Native plants should be eco-sourced from within the area in which they will be planted to ensure we maintain the genetic diversity of local plants. A good rule of thumb is to collect seed and grow it within the flight range of the birds that spread it. For example, for Pūriri, the Kererū that disperse the seed has a flight range up to 18-20km; therefore, seeds should be grown locally within this range.