Nature’s Revival Blog
Read our latest thoughts on our activities and the natural world around us. Share in nature’s revival.
Eco-sourced seeds contributing to plant species with conservation importance in Tāmaki Makaurau
When Derek Craig, Restoration Nursery Manager at Kaipātiki Project sat down to read Auckland Council’s newly published report titled “Conservation status of vascular plant species in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland 2023” then mapped those species against Kaipātiki Project nursery’s species spreadsheet he was chuffed to realise that of the 96 species of vascular plants...
Welcoming local native butterflies and moths to our gardens
Kaipātiki Project is beginning a habitat creation journey to enhance the environment for local native butterflies & moths. We are following Moths & Butterflies of NZ Trust guidelines to plant native caterpillar food plants and nectar species for adult insects.
The Kūmara Awards 2021 have been awarded to celebrate incredible placemaking happening across Aotearoa. It is a community-driven showcase of the outstanding placemaking projects happening in our communities. Kōre te kūmara e kōrero ana mo tōna ake reka.
September Newsletter 2021
Welcome to our Mahuru newsletter. The name Mahuru is a shortened version of ‘Te ahunga o uruao’ which means the new generation of whitebait.  Another name for September is Hepetema.
August Newsletter 2021
Welcome to our Here-turi-kōkā or Aponga or Here o Piripi (July–August) newsletter. We hope that you and the loved ones are safe and well. Our nursery sites are currently closed, and our workshops and events postponed.
My favourite field tool
I have just past 1,000 observations on my iNaturalist phone app. I use this tool to record things I see in the natural world and share them.
June Newsletter 2021
Welcome to our Hongonui or Hōngongoi or Hūrae - July Newsletter.  The month of Hōngongoi is a great time for getting ready and prepared for the rest of the year.
June Newsletter 2021
Welcome to our Pipiri - June Newsletter.  Another name for June is Hune.  Pipiri also means 'cling together' due to the cold and the frost. Ka puta Matariki ka rere Whānui. Ko te tohu tēnā o te tau e!

Matariki re-appears, Whānui starts its flight.
National Volunteer Week
Celebrating our volunteers

With a National Volunteer Week on 20 - 26 June 2021, we look at the power and potential of volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action raising everyday not only in New Zealand but universally. We look at Recognising, Connecting and Reimagine volunteering in Aotearoa.
Maya Kalbarczyk from University of Auckland (Geography Research Project), used Kaipātiki Project as a case study to research a sense of place.
May 2021 Newsletter: Planting seasons is here!
Tēnā koutou,

EcoFest North 2021 is behind us as we welcome the planting season and continue restoring our ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or destroyed.  Everyone can be part of protecting, restoring and enhancing NZ's biodiversity.
Kaipātiki Project is a Sustainability Award Joint Winner
We are thrilled and honoured to receive the SUSTAINABILITY AWARD as a Joint Winner, along with Zealandia-Karori Sanctuary Trust, at the 2021 NZ Charity Reporting Awards.
Engine Bay Plant Nursery volunteers win the Upper Harbour Local Board Environment Award
Engine Bay Native Plant Nursery has been around for 10 years and it still operates out of a shed with very limited facilities. Yet, this does not deter the regular volunteers to turn up weekly all year-round in all conditions, rain or shine.
Connecting communities to their environment and to each other
We're humbled to be acknowledged in the Adult and Community Education Aotearoa's newsletter. The article stresses the importance of building relationships and engaging with diverse groups in the community though sustainability workshops and volunteering activities in the nursery, teaching garden or local reserves.
Auckland Libraries supporting EcoFest North
Auckland Libraries jumped on board in support of EcoFest North, a month long series of eco-events. It is not only fitting, but necessary to support face-to-face events and workshops with so many available resources that libraries have on offer.
Kaipātiki Project recognised at Mayoral Conservation Awards 2020
In a company of amazing volunteers, community groups, Auckland Local Boards’ representatives, former Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, Kaipātiki Project joined the celebrations of Mayoral Conservation Awards on 28 November 2020.
Movember meets Mulch to raise awareness for men's health
Kaipātiki Project has teamed up with Nick Molcsan, a young Project Manager with a vision, for an unusual mission connecting Movember with Mulch!

As an environmental organisation, Kaipātiki Project can provide as much mulch as Nick and his mates can lift, but is always looking for volunteers to help it spread...
Barfoot & Thompson supports us
We are delighted to welcome on board our newest sponsor, Barfoot & Thompson. Auckland’s largest real estate agency works across all the regions that we do, and are very supportive of our mission.
Your West Support Fund helping Engine Bay Nursery
A great story published by The Trusts about Kaipātiki Project and how Your West Support Fund helps us continue carry our work. "Auckland-wide environmental group Kaipātiki Project is just one of many community organisations to benefit from the Your West Support Fund.
Single sex trees or Dioecious in New Zealand
New Zealand is full of many unique plants & animals.  One aspect of our native plant life that attracts attention is the fact that many plants are of a single-sex or dioecious (two houses).
Te Mana o te Taiao featuring Kaipātiki Project
On behalf of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Department of Conservation led the development of Te Mana o te Taiao - Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2020.  View full document here. We are humbled and proud that some of our work features in the strategy document (page 30).
Garden your way to happiness
The happiness people experience when we’re gardening is similar to that of biking or walking, a new study has found.
Life in Eskdale Stream
Kaipātiki Project, in partnership with Freshwater Ecologist, Brett Stansfield from Environmental Impact Assessments Ltd and four local schools, is into our third year of Stream Care Community Science monitoring. The programme comprises children monitoring four stream sites located in four catchments of Kaipātiki.
Conservation groups series on RNZ - Listen to our interview
Over the summer Radio New Zealand team have been around the country looking at all kinds of community conservation initiatives. When in Auckland, Lynn Freeman spoke to us about the Kaipātiki Project that for 21 years has inspired people to restore New Zealand's native plants, birds, bugs and fish.
Check our YouTube channel
In 2019 we started developing our YouTube channel by adding more videos about our nursery, plants and our projects.
Te Ara Awataha restoration project
Te Ara Awataha, Northcote’s new greenway, is a 1. 5km network of existing and new reserves that will run through the Northcote neighbourhood, connecting the town centre, schools and homes.
Mayoral Conservation Awards 2019
On 19 September 2019, our Restoration Activator Neil Henderson and two students (Jack Lee and Tia McNichol), who are part of the Hobsonville Point Pesky Pests team, attended Mayoral Conservation Awards ceremony. Pesky Pests had been nominated for the Collaboration Award and were up against four other groups.
New look. Same passion for nature
Born from the passion to ‘weed the bush’, Kaipātiki Project is coming of age and now celebrating its 21st birthday, the occasion that has welcomed a new look.
Conservation week stories
This year we were celebrating Conservation Week, and as a part of the celebration, we asked people to share their conservation activities with us. Thank you for sharing your stories. Each story is interesting, unique and inspirational.