Planting Volunteers Help Turn the Tide at Petone Beach

Sun, sand and surf greeted volunteers at Petone Beach as they performed essential planting work to protect the picturesque coast line.

Twenty-five volunteers from Honda Cars Wellington, Hutt Honda Service Centre, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and Friends of Petone Beach, teamed up for a morning’s planting session. The volunteers planted foredune species, Spinifex and Pingao, as part of a programme to stabilise sand dunes on the Petone foreshore.

Working on the dunes adjacent to Petone wharf, the volunteers planted over 1,000 plants in support of the Friends of Petone Beach’s ongoing initiative to restore the dune ecosystem. The planting programme strives to reduce the impact of rising sea levels, minimise storm surge damage and restore the areas’ native biodiversity.

During the session, Honda Cars Wellington presented a cheque to the Greater Wellington Regional Council for $26,750, to fund the Petone Beach planting. The presentation was part of Honda New Zealand’s TreeFund initiative.

Richard Hall, Honda Cars Wellington General Manager says that Honda staff thoroughly enjoyed working side-by-side with regional council staff and the wider community.

“Honda has worked in partnership with the Greater Wellington Regional Council through our TreeFund programme since 2004,” explains Richard. “Each year we’ve been privileged to support the community by funding tree plantings, with over $324,622 invested in the region to date.”

Brett Sangster from Greater Wellington Regional Council added, “We continue to enjoy a successful relationship with Honda, which has resulted in significant environmental improvements in our region.”

The Honda TreeFund funds the planting of 13 native trees and plants - three of which are funded by individual Honda agents - for every new car sold by the company. The trees are planted locally in the customers’ purchase region by the local council, Honda staff and their customers. Nationally more than 460,000 trees have been funded to date.