The award winning Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust is an incorporated charitable trust based in the Sewlyn District of Aotearoa New Zealand’s South Island.
Our mission is to create a ‘greenway’ – a corridor of native biodiversity Greendots between the Waimakiriri and Rakaia rivers, linking Kākāpōtahi the Canterbury Foothills to Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula.
Having Greendot plantings spread across Waitaha Canterbury will increase the biodiversity and variety of habitats available for indigenous wildlife.
We aim to engage landowners, members of the community, and students to join us working towards acheiving our goals, so that everyone understands why we are planting Greendots and how they can contribute to improving their local environment.
Te Ara Kākāriki was launched on November 18th 2005, after discussions from a group of passionate people developed into the idea of creating green corridors of native plantings linking the mountains to the sea across Canterbury.
At the time, the plight of the indigenous biota of the Canterbury Plains had long caused considerable concern. Although there were several well-established conservation agencies focussed on the uplands and areas such as Banks Peninsula, there then was no large scale ecological or conservation programme for the lowlands of Canterbury.
The depleted nature of the lowlands (in terms of the indigenous ecosystems) of the Canterbury Plains was emphasized by both Katie Williams and Colin Meurk who wrote “less than 0.5 percent of the plains still support native vegetation”. The Christchurch City Council added to that by reporting “the loss of these native plant communities has reached a point where habitats for our native wildlife have been reduced to a level where they are now insufficient for continued survival.”
Native plant communities of the Canterbury Plains / Department of Conservation Report 2005
On the 18th May 2007 Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury was established as a charitable trust, and began to seek funding and work together with funders and partners, and the community.
With their support together we have been able to achieve some key milestones including:
In the future we hope to work on three large key projects. We are actively seeking potential sponsors or companies to partner with on the following projects.
Please get in touch if you have ideas for Te Ara Kākāriki to fund these significant projects, or can connect us with documentary makers.