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Million Trees

Kotahi Miriona Rākau

​What is Million Trees?

Million Trees is a programme for greening Auckland that will plant a million trees and shrubs, mostly native, across the region over three years.

The programme will green our city, offset carbon emissions, protect our water quality by planting along rivers and coastlines and improve our living environment.

Matariki Tree Planting video

​To celebrate Matariki, and as part of the Mayoral campaign to plant a million trees across Auckland, we are holding a public planting event at Hunua Domain Recreation Reserve.

On Saturday 18 May 2019, we're aiming to plant 11,000 new trees in the ground. Come and be part of it.

There are two planting sessions at:

  • 10am-12pm
  • 1pm-3pm

After each session, we'll provide a free sausage sizzle to our volunteers.

Register at

Our partners

Planting a million trees, shrubs and grasses will take an enormous effort from many people and organisations, and it would not be possible without the support of our key partners:

  • Department of Corrections is providing nursery space and labour through their prisons and community offender services in the Auckland region. This partnership provides us with capacity to grow the necessary stock, and labour to assist with site preparation, planting and maintenance.
  • Trees That Count will count all the trees that the council intends to plant. It will collaborate with us to promote the need to plant native trees across the Auckland region and leverage technology and innovation to support the ongoing collection of monitoring data.

Ongoing work

There is already a lot of great planting work happening in Auckland via our local boards, iwi, schools, service and social sector groups, private entities, farmers, the council group, New Zealand Transport Association and developers.

Million Trees will work alongside all of these groups to facilitate the planting of a million trees in three years and accelerate projects where possible. 

Sweet Treat

Million Trees and Department of Corrections are gifting 110 fruit trees to local schools.

Plantings for 2019

Place Date Time
Tōtara Park, Manukau

Friday 14 June

Saturday 15 June

9.30am-12pm & 12.30pm-3pm

9.30am-12pm & 12.30pm-3pm

Metro Park East, Silverdale Saturday 29 June