On 1st August, Honda will have been in New Zealand for 30 years. We are very proud of this milestone and to celebrate, we are going to fund the planting of 30,000 native trees in New Zealand over the next year.
It’s a fitting way for us to say thank you New Zealand, and continues the work of our Honda TreeFund, started in 2004, which has funded over 650,000 native trees in NZ since its inception.
The TreeFund was inspired by our founder Soichiro Honda, who had a vision in 1966 ‘to leave blue skies for our children’. His philosophy underpins everything we do from manufacture to recycling, and has resulted in the world-class, fuel-efficient and emission-lowering engines and technology in our cars.
This year our 30,000 trees will be planted in a number of ways. We are giving away a native tree gift to each new Honda owner, regardless of whether they buy a new or used Honda from one of our Honda Agents.
We have also committed to a significant project in Kaiapoi, north of Christchurch, an area hit hard by the Canterbury earthquakes. We will be funding the planting of a 2.5 hectare Honda Forest as part of the Kaiapoi Regeneration Project.
Honda staff and customer planting days will be organised in key areas over this planting season and next – our plan is to plant 15,000 trees this way throughout New Zealand.
In 2018 Honda staff planting days planned for this planting season include:
AUCKLAND 8thAugust - Atiu Creek Regional Park, Kaipara Harbour, planting up to 2,000 trees
Officially opened to the public as a Regional Park in April 2008, the 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 16th August –Mt Victoria Town Belt, planting up to 1,000 trees
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 substantial new habitat for native birds which are increasingly venturing away from the city.
CHRISTCHURCH 21st August – Kaputahi Creek, Belfast Road, Marshlands, planting up to 1,000 trees
This is a lovely site on Belfast Road, looking back onto the Port Hills, which will in time become part of a much wider native forest network across the Styx River catchment and the wider Christchurch City region. This growing native forest will attract bush birds back to the city, which have become locally extinct over the last 150 years. The project aims to restore habitat for native species. It will provide shade over the creek for endemic species such as long-finned eels. Whilst not yet endangered, there are fewer eels today because of the loss of wetlands and historical commercial fishing practice.
To plant the balance of the 30,000 trees, Honda is working with Trees That Count – an organisation that has built a community marketplace connecting native tree planters with funders with monitoring systems, and working across a range of ecosystem and land ownership types. For more information on the great work this organisation is doing, visit www.treesthatcount.co.nz.