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Million Trees

​What is Million Trees?

In 2017, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff launched the Million Trees project. The Million Trees project aims to green Auckland by planting a million trees and shrubs, mostly native, across the region over three years.
The millionth tree, a puriri, was planted by Mayor Phil Goff on June 14 at a public planting day at Tōtara Park, Manukau.

1.5 Million Trees

Having met, and exceeded, the million-tree target, Mayor Goff in late 2019 committed the council to planting a further 1.5 million native trees and shrubs during the 2019-2022 council term.

The 2.5 millionth tree was planted during the 2022 planting season. We held a symbolic tree planting event on 29 August 2022, at the Puhinui Reserve in Wiri, to celebrate this successful programme delivery.

2021 Matariki community planting days

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns last year, Auckland Council’s popular Matariki tree-planting days had to be cancelled.

However, a number of successful tree planting days were held across the region in 2021 during the Matariki season.

The trees and shrubs we planted this year will make our city more beautiful, create carbon sinks to help reduce emissions, and reduce siltation into our harbours and waterways.

Ongoing work

Planting work is happening in Auckland through:

  • local boards
  • iwi
  • schools
  • service and social sector groups
  • private entities
  • the council group
  • New Zealand Transport Association.

Video - planting the millionth tree

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