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The Iwi, Hapū & Community Nursery Network was established in 2018 with the overarching goal to increase biodiversity across the Auckland Region, the programme began from a need for community nurseries to work collectively. Supported by Auckland Council Biosecurity and Biodiversity, Kaipātiki Project partners with Uru Whakaaro to facilitate and support the network.

The kaupapa of the Iwi, Hapū and Community Nursery Network is to share information, methods and seeds across native plant nurseries, and by doing so increase the biodiversity of native plant life across the Auckland Region. It aims to tautoko and encourage nurseries and potential nurseries to work collectively; to know who was growing what, and where, support one another by sharing knowledge about growing native plants. The network also supports communications around how to set up and manage native plant nurseries.


Create a space where everyone - schools, iwi, hapū, community nursery staff and volunteers - can all support each other through sharing stories about growing native plants and their experiences of organising volunteering events and facilitating workshops. The network has grown to include 58 nurseries, with the aspiration for new nurseries to continue joining this growing initiative.

Current focus of work

  • Formulate a 10-year strategy with the network
  • Co-design Taiao Internship programme
  • Co-develop and design the seed library concept
  • Develop and share of Māori-led approach to best practice biosecurity and biodiversity operations, and training based on the Plant Pass certification scheme.

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We thank our programme partners!

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