Fun in the Hawke’s Bay sunshine is also good for the environment!

Last weekend saw a hugely successful treeplanting at Pakowhai Country Park.  Around 50 adults and children rolled up their sleeves on a beautiful winter’s day to plant 450 native trees and shrubs as part of a project to help support the park’s local biodiversity.

Pakowhai Country Park was established in 1973 thanks to an idea from a committed community group led by Dr Michael Bostock. Since then the park has been administered by four different organisations, three of which were volunteer-based, and currently it is under Hawke’s Bay Regional Council management.  Fortunately the concept of that founding group has continued to make the park the popular and enjoyable open space it is today.

There is a mixture of mature and newly planted native trees and open grassed spaces, wetlands and an arboretum, alongside the current bed of the Ngaruroro River near Hastings.  “The park is a special place for Hawke’s Bay people to enjoy a rural environment and benefits greatly from support such as that provided through the Honda New Zealand TreeFund programme”, explains the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Operations Environmental Manager, Steve Cave. 

This year, the treeplanting was near the Chesterhope Bridge where a newly developed wetland area has been established to help support the local streams and encourage biodiversity in the waterways.  This latest planting brings the total number of trees funded locally by Honda TreeFund to 18,856, an investment of over $90,000 in the Hawke’s Bay region.

Honda New Zealand has been involved with native tree planting projects at nearby Tutira Country Park since 2004 and at Pakowhai Country Park for the first time this year.  As part of Honda’s commitment to the local community through the Honda Treefund programme, a planting day is held each year where Honda staff and clients get together to put plants in the ground in the local community and enjoy the scenery.


The Honda TreeFund’s long term commitment to the two Country Parks is a great way for the local Honda team to work together with customers and the council for the benefit of the environment, while at the same time enjoying immense satisfaction at the results from present and past plantings.  This recent planting was the seventh time Honda’s local dealer Russell Greer has been involved. 

“Each planting day is more and more satisfying, especially when you return to the park and see the progress that previous plantings have made,” he explains.  “It’s especially marvelous watching the energy and enthusiasm of the kids who come along, you get a real sense of pride in knowing you’re helping to ensure their kids will be able to enjoy the fruits of your efforts in years to come.”