Josh Emett and local school children keeping Queenstown crimson

On Tuesday 20 October, Josh Emett from Rātā Dining joined Project Crimson Trustee Ruud Kleinpaste (a.k.a “the Bugman”), local sponsor Green Cabs and 40 children from Remarkables Primary School to plant 350 native trees on the Kelvin Heights Peninsula, including around 40 southern rātās.

Rātā Dining partnered with Project Crimson in 2012 and through their ongoing fundraising efforts enable Project Crimson to plant more native trees in the Queenstown region. The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust is a partner of Project Crimson and helped to organize the planting, identifying an appropriate site for revegetating and sourcing plants from their community nursery.

Project Crimson Communications Manager Melanie Seyfort says “This was the third year of planting in Queenstown with Rātā. As well as getting our hands dirty with planting we also had an environmental education component to the planting day. Project Crimson Trustee Ruud Kleinpaste took the children from Remarkables Primary School through a hilarious but informative session about bugs and ecosystems. Green Cabs joined us this year as local sponsors and provided man power to help with planting.”

“This year’s planting is particularly special as the Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary. The fact that we are able to assist restoration programmes in Queenstown is testament to the success of the Trust, which 25 years ago was focused solely on pohutukawa restoration work in Northland. It's wonderful that over a quarter of a century our work has been able to spread throughout New Zealand, and we are thrilled that organisations such as the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust are in place to help restore native plants into high profile parts of the Wakatipu.”