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Meet a volunteer: Hans Arnestedt

Date: 19th June 2024

Behind every native plant we’ve put in the ground is a volunteer. Meet Hans Arnestedt who has been on the tools supporting us from the very beginning.


Are you our next Operations Manager?

Date: 10th June 2024

We’re looking for the right person to lead the Trust’s activities with purpose. That includes co-ordinating the planting of approximately 10,000 trees and shrubs each year at our keystone sites as well as some other key responsibilities.


Success at Slope Hill!

Date: 10th May 2024

Over a week during March, many hands made light work of planting 7000 trees and shrubs at Slope Hill Reserve for the He Rā Rākau Tītapu – King Charles III Coronation Plantings.


2023 Impact Report: See what we achieved

Date: 18th April 2024

Ultimately, we aim to empower the community to uphold this one-of-a-kind environment. But some of our wins are worth looking at in a bit more detail.


Welcome to Katherine Durman, new Chair of the Whakatipu Reforestation Trust

Date: 4th April 2024

A climate action specialist with a track record in developing impactful environmental programmes, Katherine is well-positioned to continue Neill’s leadership of the WRT.


Slope Hill Reserve Planting Sessions

Date: 23rd February 2024

The Whakatipu Reforestation Trust is joining forces with Mana Tāhuna for a week-long series of community planting events at Slope Hill Reserve. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a living legacy, one of the Basin’s largest restoration projects… Read more »


Now we are ten.

Date: 26th January 2024

What better time to reflect on beginnings than a nice round birthday? In March we reach a full decade of restoring native biodiversity to the Whakatipu Basin. From its steep mountains to its braided rivers, this unique place once contained… Read more »


Our happy place – Inside the Jean Malpas Community Nursery

Date: 12th December 2023

At the heart of our planting operations is a sun-soaked spot at the end of Kelvin Peninsula. Here, each week on a Wednesday, people from all parts of the world and all walks of life meet to work towards a… Read more »


What’s happening at Slope Hill?

Date: 12th December 2023

Thanks to some generous contributions this year, work towards a shared vision of restoring biodiversity to the site is gaining serious momentum. (check out our video here) The Slope Hill Recreation Reserve, between Slope Hill Road and Wai Whakaata-Lake Hayes,… Read more »


2022 Highlights & Achievements

Date: 13th March 2023

2022 was an outstanding year for the Trust as we continue to work towards our vision of restoring the biodiversity of the Whakatipu Basin through revegetation projects, education, collaboration and advocacy. Despite the ongoing interruptions caused by Covid 19, volunteers… Read more »


New to volunteering at native tree planting events? Here’s what to expect…

Date: 24th August 2022

Volunteering at a community native tree planting event is a great way to take action to mitigate climate change, restore biodiversity & have a fun and social day out in nature with awesome, like minded people.  If you are new… Read more »


No Trace Events – Be the change you want to see in the world.

Date: 13th September 2021

Last year, Sebastian, Alejandro & Charlie – the founding partners of No Trace Events – visited our Community Nursery to learn about our history, our work and our vision.  They had a fledgling idea to bring beautiful music to beautiful… Read more »


Educate for Nature – Nurturing Environmental Stewardship

Date: 31st May 2021

Globally, awareness of climate change and the impact of biodiversity loss has sparked broad community interest in understanding what we can do locally to make a difference.  At the very heart of making a difference is the underlying need for… Read more »


5000 Natives Planted This Autumn

Date: 5th May 2021

This autumn, hundreds of volunteers planted 5,000 natives at our keystone and community group sites throughout the Whakatipu Basin from Arrowtown to Gibbston, Arthurs Point and more. Every one of these plants was grown by volunteers at our Community Nursery… Read more »


Lake Hayes South Cleanup – Thank you PP Group

Date: 22nd April 2021

Last Friday, the Patterson Pitts Group survey team spent their day volunteering at Lake Hayes South. Despite a wet, cold start, the team worked with energy & enthusiasm to clear & prepare our upcoming planting area! They dragged logs and… Read more »


Thanks to all of our spring 2020 planting volunteers

Date: 28th October 2020

This spring we have been thrilled by the number of volunteers who supported our planting days. We had record numbers of volunteers, especially at Whitechapel, where 1920 natives were in the ground before Peter could shout “BBQ is ready”! Across… Read more »


Colouring In Competition

Date: 6th July 2020

For Conservation Week 2020 we have banded with other Conservation Trusts and supporters to pull together a fantastic prize pool that promotes, educates and encourages people to get out and explore our local environment. The competition is split into four… Read more »