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Inspiring people to restore nature and live ligthly

Based in Auckland’s North, Kaipātiki Project is a not-for-profit, environmental organisation inspiring people to share in nature’s revival and live lightly on this planet.

Along with over 800 volunteers annually, we run a thriving native plant nursery where we grow 40,000+ native trees every year and plant them back in the local reserves. We facilitate forest, stream and estuary regeneration days, promote zero waste and encourage local food initiatives.

We started in 1998, when a small group of enthusiastic volunteers donned their gumboots and weeded a local reserve to prevent the small forest fragment degrading further. Soon a band of merry men, women and children were regularly volunteering their time and energy restoring local bush reserves.



We have steadily grown over the years, and as north Auckland’s only environment centre, we continue to inspire communities to restore local bush reserves and live sustainably.

Every year our projects protect and restore the biodiversity of the Kaipātiki area and wider north Auckland.

Our nursery grows 30,000 eco-sourced native plants annually for community restoration projects, private backyard programmes, the Auckland Mayor’s Million Trees project and other inspiring destinations. We were recognised by the inaugural Mayoral Conservation Awards in 2018, for our mentoring of neighbourhood groups and networks to restore reserves and native bush.

Every year we deliver sustainable living events and experiences for everyone. For example, our Compost Collective project delivers outstanding food waste education to communities. In 2018 we diverted 369 tonnes of organic waste from landfill.

We have a reciprocal relationship with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, with a shared methodology to our plant nurseries, and shared learning programmes for staff, volunteers and community. We are also part of the growing Hāpu Community Nurseries Network, supported by Auckland Council.

We maintain a community-driven, eco-sourced, chemical-free kaupapa.


We do a wide range of things to make it easy for you to live well within our Earth's limits:

  • Join our volunteering whānau to get up close with nature. From bush restoration, weeding and trapping to growing and planting, many hands make light work.
  • Learn about sustainable living and conservation at the hub of our operations, our Auckland North Environment Centre. We have a range of courses for all ages – including for schools and preschools. Feel great while learning with others and helping our natural world.
  • We hold events across the region.
  • Our native plant nursery sells native plants in bulk or tailored to meet your needs.
  • Our EcoShop sells a range of products.
  • Help Aucklanders reduce food and garden waste working with Compost Collective.
  • Support local communities in catching rats and possums, and remove invasive weeds working with Pest Free Kaipātiki.
  • Engage youth and community science in Kaipātiki Stream Care programme


We have a dedicated crew of staff, tutors, Board members and volunteers who help Kaipātiki Project achieve its objectives.

Kaipātiki Project partners with a range of organisations. We’re very grateful for the support of our generous funders.

Support us in getting communities and local businesses to waste less, clean up our streams and live more sustainably.

We believe that working together, we can restore our native plants, birds, bugs and fish.