Environment

Blue Skies for our Children

Blue Skies for our Children

In 1966 the founder of Honda, Soichiro Honda challenged his engineers to “Leave blue skies for our children”. The result would see Honda create some of the world’s most fuel efficient and emission-lowering engines.

In 1972 Honda developed the first engine to meet and exceed the world’s first stringent Clean Air Act. Honda then openly shared this technology with other car companies to leave a better world for generations to come.

It doesn’t end there. Honda has an additional target-  to reduce CO2 emissions from product production, use & disposal a further 30% by the end of 2020.

Honda TreeFund

The Honda TreeFund is a local initiative that was started in 2004, inspired by the 'blue skies' philosophy of our founder Soichiro Honda. 

Since inception the Honda TreeFund has funded the planting of over 700,000 trees throughout New Zealand.

We did this in a variety of ways - through our planting days, work with city councils and schools, and gifting trees to our customers.

30,000 trees to mark 30 years

30,000 trees to mark 30 years

On 1 August 2018 Honda New Zealand celebrated 30 years in New Zealand. To commemorate this anniversary, we set ourselves a target to fund the planting of 30,000 trees over the following year. At the end of the 12 months we had surpassed our target, funding 31,436 trees. We did this in the following ways:

GIFTING TREES: Every customer who purchased a Honda, regardless of whether it was new or used, was gifted a native tree or a donation/gift tree was made on their behalf  to Trees that Count

THE HONDA FOREST: Honda has committed to a significant local council project in Kaiapoi, an area hit hard by the Canterbury earthquakes, and are funding the planting of a Honda forest. It will cover some 3.2 hectares, consisting of native trees and plantings around a lake with walkways and cycling tracks, and be part of a larger recreational area including new BMX Park and dog walking park (now complete) and new sports fields (under construction).

8,000 trees were planted during our Anniversary year - this included two community planting days.

PLANTING DAYS: Honda staff and customer planting days were held up and down the country in 2018 and 2019. Sites were organised in conjunction with local conservation groups and Trees That Count and varied from  bushwalk and riverbank restorations to greenbelt plantings in cities. 

TREES THAT COUNT: A large number of trees were funded and planted through Honda’s ongoing partnership with Trees That Count – an organisation that has built a unique community and marketplace connecting native tree planters with funders.  For more information on the great work this organisation is doing, visit www.treesthatcount.co.nz.

Planting days

Planting days

Planting days are organised in key areas every planting season from May to September.

If you would like to join us at a planting day near you, register your interest and we will be in contact with further information.

Take a look below at some of the planting projects we are involved with.

AUCKLAND REGION – ATIU CREEK REGIONAL PARK, KAIPARA HARBOUR

AUCKLAND REGION – ATIU CREEK REGIONAL PARK, KAIPARA HARBOUR

This regional park has extensive harbour frontage with large tracts of native forest supporting a range of flora and fauna.

In addition to 450ha of easy, rolling grassed land, the property contains a number of significant areas of native forest and wetlands in the gullies and provides habitat for the nationally threatened New Zealand dabchick and brown teal ducks.

The park also has intact areas of coastal forest and a stunning coastal area that is now under intensive regeneration

 WELLINGTON REGION – MT VICTORIA TOWN BELT

WELLINGTON REGION – MT VICTORIA TOWN BELT

This project aims to create a ‘Forest in the Heart of Wellington’.

The project is a partnership of Wellington City Council, Rotary, and Conservation Volunteers to see 100,000 native trees planted by volunteers in the central Wellington Town Belt on Mount Victoria.

It will create a substantial new habitat for native birds that are increasingly venturing away from the city.

Kaiapoi Regeneration Project - Canterbury Region

Honda has committed to a significant local council project in Kaiapoi, an area hit hard by the Canterbury earthquakes, and are funding the planting of a Honda forest.

It will cover some 3.2 hectares, consisting of native trees and plantings around a lake with walkways and cycling tracks, and be part of a larger recreational area including new BMX park and dog walking park (now complete) and new sports fields (under construction).

This regeneration initiaive in Kaipaoi, Pines Beach and Kairaki Beach has resulted in the Waimakariri District Council being named the overall winner in the 2019 Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) Awards for its innovative approach to earthquake recovery planning. 

Nelson Region – Kelly’s Bush Sanctuary, Nelson

Nelson Region – Kelly’s Bush Sanctuary, Nelson

Kelly’s Bush is rather unique in that it is one of the very few pieces of bush left that dates from pre-European times, yet lies within the city boundaries. This project is a partnership between Lindy Kelly, owner of Kelly’s Conservation Forest and Trees That Count.

At last count, there were at least 73 different species of native trees growing, including some quite rare species, many ferns, orchids, fungi and plenty of native birds as well as fish and eels in the stream.

Honda staff from the region have already planted 500 trees on this site.

Auckland Region - Point England Reserve, Glen Innes

Auckland Region - Point England Reserve, Glen Innes

Honda staff from Auckland dealerships, partnered with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and Trees That Count to continue the plantings along the Omaru Stream.  1500 trees were planted as part of this project which aims to improve the waterway and create an environment where fish, insects, lizards, birds and of course people, can flourish.

Whangarei Region – A. H Reed Memorial Reserve, Whareora, Whangarei

Whangarei Region – A. H Reed Memorial Reserve, Whareora, Whangarei

The Hatea River track is a well-used and a project is underway to increase the size of the native tree area around this track. A project in partnership with the Whangarei District Council and Trees that Count, these plantings will complement and extend the existing native forest, and be used as an example of best practice native forest establishment and management.

A total of 800 native trees have been planted by Honda customers and staff, along with the Hon. Shane Jones MP and some of his staff and family

Auckland Region - Cascades Walkway, Lochend Place, Highland Park

Auckland Region - Cascades Walkway, Lochend Place, Highland Park

This project is a partnership between Auckland Council, Matthew Brajkovich - a keen local conservationist, and Trees That Count.  The banks at the edge of the stream at the Cascades are unstable and eroding into the water. The planting undertaken is a mix of trees needed to create a root structure that will slow the degradation of the bank down, as well as providing an attractive leafy area in time for the public to enjoy

1000 native trees have already been planted by Honda staff and customers.

Global Initiatives

Global Initiatives

Honda’s global goal is to achieve zero levels of landfill. Honda has implemented  a material recycling programme to recycle all car components and a thermal recycling programme which will be able to recycle paint coatings, sealers and wax.

It doesn’t end there. Honda has an additional target-  to reduce CO2 emissions from product production, use & disposal a further 30% by the end of 2020.