Project Crimson named a Conservation Champion

The Department of Conservation presents a number of national and regional awards to acknowledge and encourage community involvement in conservation.

One of these is DOC’s Conservation Champions which celebrate businesses, community groups, iwi and volunteers who are making important contributions to conservation in New Zealand.  Project Crimson was delighted to be named a Conservation Champion by DOC in July of this year for our work in Reporua.

Project Crimson recently completed a three year project with the Ngati Rangi hapu of Reporua, where 1000 pohutukawa trees were planted on the coastal hill overlooking the marae at Reporua in Ruatoria.

The project was a joint initiative between private landowners, He oranga mo nga taonga tuku iho Trust, Department of Conservation (DOC) and Project Crimson, aiming to rejuvenate pohutukawa to their natural habitat.

DOC Ranger Graeme Atkins says that the planting project will benefit the area in several ways.  “Where the trees are situated is quite exposed to coastal winds so these trees serve to protect the whenua (land) as well as encouraging some of our native bird life back.”

Project Crimson donated 1000 trees to the project and trustee Gordon Hosking, believes that the trees will serve future generations well by enhancing our coastlines for years to come. "These pohutukawa will be enjoyed through many generations, leaving a legacy to enhance our coast and waterways" says Gordon Hosking.

Project Crimson is a national conservation trust with over 20 years experience in community-based native restoration projects. By 1990 research found that over 90% of coastal pohutukawa stands were dead or dying due to pastoral farming, possums and fire. Research turned to action and Project Crimson was established to support communities to rejuvenate the species.

Volunteers from Reporua, ready to plant with Project Crimson's Gordon Hosking