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Million Trees


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What is Million Trees?

Million Trees is a programme for greening Auckland that will plant a million, predominantly native trees and shrubs 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.

Our partners

Planting one 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 intended to be planted by the council in 2017. 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.

Need for seeds

Million Trees is grateful for the generous donations of Auckland's nursery network.

The following nurseries have committed to help this year with more coming on board as the programme grows:

​Te Whangai Trust​1,000
​Cornwall Park Trust Board​74
​Te Uri o Hau ​125,000
​Auckland Prison​45,000

Sweet Treat

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

Auckland gets green

The first year’s planting will see approximately 170,000 trees, shrubs and grasses planted in a multitude of locations around Auckland.


All plants in Million Trees are sourced locally.

This is because local species better adapt to local conditions and it ensures a higher likelihood of survival.

Plantings for 2017

Where How many trees, plants, shrubs
North West Wild Link30,000
Whau River Project15,000
Oakley Creek15,000
Project Twin Streams15,000
Atiu Creek25,000

Plus various local parks, Healthy Waters projects, schools and regional parks across the Auckland Region

Total for 2017


Planting location map for the million Trees programme.