The Iwi, hapū & community nursery network was established in 2018 with the overarching goal to increase biodiversity across the Auckland Region. Supported by Auckland Council Biosecurity, delivered by URU Whakaaro Ltd with Kaipātiki Project, the programme began from a need for community nurseries to work collectively: to know who was growing what, and where, and to support one another in how to grow native plants, start & manage native plant nurseries.
The programme supports the exchange of knowledge between nurseries and to connect and share common aspirations and challenges. There are currently 46 nurseries in the network, with regular visits and tailored workshops taking place across the region. The programme provides ongoing advisory and support, essential for fledging nurseries in developmental stages.
To identify the current needs and the support required for the expanding network of nurseries, we developed a survey, sent to all 46 nurseries in early 2021. This provided a better understanding of how various nurseries operate as well as deciphering what is being grown and where so that we can collectively support native forest restoration. In May 2021, a well-attended Network Hui was held at Takararo Native Plant Nursery - Restoring Takarunga Hauraki. A great opportunity to discuss native plant nursery aspirations, and how we can develop support, continue communication and education for nurseries going forward.
We thank our programme partners!