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Conservation project
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Pigeon wood seedlings

The native plant nursery is helping to put back what we have lost … habitat; There is no better way to reverse this trend than to assist us to continue the supply of young healthy plants to Zealandia, community groups and our own projects.

There are sessions every other weekend on alternate Saturdays and Sundays starting at 1:30pm and also Tuesday mornings starting at 9:00am. All sessions are about 3 hrs in duration and made more enjoyable by the relaxed social atmosphere and the company of kākā, tui, tātāwai and others from Zealandia and surrounding bush. If you are interested in helping please email the coordinator. Take Action!

The nursery began life as part of Wellington Branch members vision of a sanctuary on the site of the Karori reservoir -- a pioneering enterprise that led to the Karori Sanctuary which later became Zealandia, a biodiversity taonga of Te Whanganui a Tara.  


The 14 shade houses give shelter to the plants in their early stages of development

We continue to supply plants to Zealandia from our  Highbury site, which has over 25,000 plants at various stages of growth; and endeavour to propagate 100+ different species many of which are regionally rare. The operation is run and maintained by our members and volunteers from the wider community.

Plants are propagated in shade houses from locally sourced seed and cuttings and supplied to restoration projects in the Wellington region. The operation is funded by grants and donations with any shortfall paid out of Branch funds. It also receives donations of material for its infrastructure.

Why help out.

Land dwelling species (including humans) depend on plants for their survival. Plants provide food, regulate our water, air and climate. They are the foundation of life on this planet. As we destroy habitat (plant life) we cause our birds, reptiles and invertebrates to die out.

We are very grateful to the people who volunteer their time and also to the organisations and individuals who finance the infrastructure and consumable material. Without this support we could not provide this facility. 


Our thanks for the support given by:

  • Wellington Community Trust
  • Southern Trust
  • Mitre 10
  • The Greenwood Environmental Trust
  • Lotteries Grants Board
  • NZ Community Trust
  • Project Crimon
  • Stout Trust
  • James Sharon Watson Conservation Trust
  • Lion Foundation
  • Pelorus Trust
  • Trust House Charitable Trust
  • Cuesports Foundation
  • Wellington City Council
  • Zealandia

What can you do

Get involved
  • Spend time helping out at the plant nursery.

  • join a community restoration project

  • start planting native flora

  • remove invasive pest plants from your garden

  • advocate for the preservation of all remaining native forest

Useful web sites:

NZ Plant Conservation Network


Project or Reserve contact


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