DNA profiling helping to save Bartlett's Rata
22/02/2016
Rātā moehau is now New Zealand’s most threatened tree, but DNA data is providing a glimmer of hope for the species’ survival.
Schools’ green ideas come to life
7/12/2015
Four winning schools have been selected to receive a $10,000 Treemendous School Makeover next year, a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust.
Josh Emett and local school children keeping Queenstown crimson
22/10/2015
On Tuesday 20 October, Josh Emett from Rātā Dining joined Project Crimson Trustee Ruud Kleinpaste (a.k.a “the Bugman”) and 40 children from Remarkables Primary School to plant 350 native trees on the Kelvin Heights Peninsula, including around 40 southern rātās.
Bushy Park Trust and Project Crimson to improve visitor access to Ratanui
5/10/2015
Bushy Park, with its 90ha rain forest, has possibly one of the best examples of a New Zealand rata forest, containing significant presence of northern rata. It’s home to the impressive “Ratanui” a 43m high, 12m round tree, believed to be the country’s largest rata. National conservation charity Project Crimson has been supporting Bushy Park Trust’s northern rata initiatives for many years, and they are once again a recipient of funding following Project Crimson’s 2015 Community Restoration Programme.
Wakatipu Basin to bloom crimson
1/10/2015
Restoring and showcasing some of the special native plant communities that once flourished in the Wakatipu Basin, the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust manages the Jean Malpas Community Nursery which grows and propagates native plants and makes them available for local restoration projects. Wakatipu Reforestation has received support from national conservation charity the Project Crimson Trust in the past and is once again a recipient of funding following Project Crimson’s 2015 Community Restoration Programme.
Stewart Island restoration project receives boost from Project Crimson
14/09/2015
Committed to keeping the smallest of New Zealand’s major islands beautiful, Stewart Island Rakiura Community Environment Trust (SIRCET) manages a community nursery which grows and propagates native plants and makes them available for local restoration projects. SIRCET has received ongoing support from national conservation charity the Project Crimson Trust and is once again a recipient of funding following Project Crimson’s 2015 Community Restoration Programme.
Returning the rata bloom to Moturata Island
7/09/2015
30 years ago severe erosion threatened Moturata Island’s existence and the bulk of the Island’s native rata trees had been removed for fuel or destroyed by fire. With the aim of seeing rata blooming once again on the island, the Moturata Taieri Whanau group was formed and has worked tirelessly over the years to restore the Island to its former crimson glory. Initially the group worked to eradicate rabbits and restore the soil, and now a southern rata regeneration project is underway.
Finalists announced for 2016 Treemendous School Makeovers programme
31/08/2015
11 schools have been named finalists in Project Crimson and the Mazda Foundation's 2016 Treemendous School Makeover programme.
An amazing transformation for Renwick School
10/08/2015
More than 600 people turned out to help transform the outdoor area of Marlborough’s Renwick School last Friday in what was one of our biggest Treemendous School Makeovers yet.
Waikouaiti School’s Treemendous new space
27/07/2015
Over 100 members of the Waikouaiti community attended a working bee last Saturday at Waikouaiti School to help transform its outdoor area with a Treemendous School Makeover.
Rimutaka Prison growing northern rata for Project Crimson
3/07/2015
Rimutaka Prison has been growing eco-sourced northern rata for Project Crimson for 5 years in their purpose-built training nursery. In this activity prisoners undertake a range of horticulture roles from preparing and planting, understanding and caring for plants, to potting and transporting seedlings. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 and Level 3.
Havelock North Intermediate’s Treemendous makeover
8/06/2015
Over 350 members of the Hastings community attended a working bee at Havelock North Intermediate School to help transform its outdoor area. It was one of the biggest turnouts ever at a Treemendous Makeover!
Project Crimson wins Green Ribbon Award
5/06/2015
Project Crimson is delighted to have been recognised for our conservation work by winning a Green Ribbon Award, for protecting our biodiversity, at an awards ceremony at Parliament on 4 June.
Horsham Downs School enjoys new Treemendous space
11/05/2015
The local community was out in force at Horsham Downs Primary School when its outdoor area was transformed with a Treemendous School Makeover on Saturday 9 May.
Myrtle rust
6/05/2015
Myrtle rust (Puccinia psidii), a disease which affects plants in the family Myrtaceae, is recorded from over 440 species worldwide.
Conservation fund celebrates 25 years of pohutukawa and rata regeneration
3/03/2015
This year, volunteers in communities all around New Zealand will plant more than 10,000 eco-sourced pohutukawa and rata trees following the 2015 Project Crimson Community Restoration Programme which has recently opened for applications.
A silver anniversary for a crimson treasure
12/02/2015
The Project Crimson Trust celebrated 25 years of planting pohutukawa and rata in New Zealand at a reception at Government House on Tuesday 11 February.
A stellar summer for pohutukawa
27/01/2015
It's been heralded as one of the best summers for pohutukawa we have seen for some time. Project Crimson's Forest Health Consultant, Gordon Hosking explains why.
Devon McLean honoured with Queen's Service Medal
1/01/2015
A project at Stoke Primary School sparked a lifelong interest in conservation for Project Crimson Chairman, Devon McLean. That passion has seen him recognised with the Queen's Service Medal for services to conservation.
Clive Paton receives conservation award
28/11/2014
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry presented Clive Paton of Martinborough with the 2014 Loder Cup at a ceremony in Wellington today, for his significant contribution to habitat restoration in New Zealand.
Summer photography competition launched!
27/11/2014
Project Crimson has launched a photography competition that will get your fingers tapping on the shutter of your camera with a fantastic summer prize pack up for grabs.
Schools’ passion for environment brings rewards
13/10/2014
Four winning schools have been selected to receive a $10,000 Treemendous School Makeover in 2015 – a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust.
Josh Emett, Project Crimson and Remarkables Primary School are turning Queenstown crimson
1/10/2014
Celebrity chef Josh Emett from Queenstown’s Rātā restaurant joined Project Crimson Trustee Ruud Kleinpaste, children from Remarkables Primary School and local volunteers from the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust to plant 360 native trees, including 35 southern rātās, on the Kelvin Heights Peninsula last week.
Treemendous space created for brand new Christchurch school
7/09/2014
The local community were out in force to help Pegasus Bay School create a Treemendous new outdoor space for their students to enjoy following the Christchurch earthquakes.
Mazda helps Project Crimson to blossom
1/09/2014
Mazda New Zealand has confirmed its commitment to New Zealand conservation with the use of a new Mazda6 wagon to the Project Crimson Trust to mark the ten year anniversary of their partnership.
Schools Green Dreams Could Become Reality
23/07/2014
We are delighted to announce the 11 finalists in Stage 1 of the Treemendous School Makeover judging process.
Naenae Primary School creates blooming education space for students
23/06/2014
The Lower Hutt community was out in force on Saturday 21 June to help out with Naenae Primary School’s Treemendous School Makeover.
Project Crimson distributes $15,000 in community funding
19/06/2014
Around 60 groups received assistance from Project Crimson this year as part of our annual Community Restoration Programme. These groups received pohutukawa, northern or southern rata and/or funding from a Project Crimson Community Restoration fund of almost $15,000.
Dunes Trail completion “a fantastic achievement”
9/06/2014
“It’s a fantastic achievement to complete this new section of trail,” said Richard Leggat, Chair of The New Zealand Cycle Trail, after attending the Motu Trails opening and Project Crimson planting at Tirohanga near Opotiki.
Wainui School takes part in biggest makeover yet
19/05/2014
Hundreds of people from the Wainui community were out in force on Sunday 18th May to help out with Wainui School’s Treemendous School Makeover in one of our biggest plantings to date.
Cromwell Primary School creates blooming education space for students
30/03/2014
More than 150 people from the Cromwell community were out in force on Saturday 29 March to help out with Cromwell Primary School’s Treemendous School Makeover. The Treemendous School Makeover programme is a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson and sees four schools selected each year to receive a $10,000 area makeover using New Zealand native plants.
Community planting day planned for Motu Dunes Trail
20/03/2014
The spectacular Dunes Trail, part of the Motu Trails Cycleway in the Bay of Plenty, is offering a wonderful opportunity to bring together recreation, environmental restoration and the community, in a planting project with the Project Crimson Trust.
New Zealanders to plant over 10,000 pohutukawa and rata in 2014
5/03/2014
This year, volunteers in communities all around New Zealand will plant more than 10,000 eco-sourced pohutukawa and rata trees following the 2014 Project Crimson Community Restoration Programme which has recently opened for applications.
Ecology and beauty collide to raise awareness of pohutukawa and rata
20/02/2014
In a brilliant mix of ecology and beauty, innovative haircare brand Biolage has teamed up with Project Crimson, to help raise awareness and funds for the conservation charity.
Celebrity chef helps to plant rata for namesake restaurant
14/10/2013
On Friday 11 October, celebrity chef Josh Emett from Queenstown’s Rātā restaurant joined Project Crimson and the local volunteers from the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust to plant 180 native trees, including southern rātās, on the Kelvin Heights Peninsula.
Pupils Passion for Environment Brings Rewards
4/10/2013
Four winning schools have been selected to receive a Treemendous School Makeover in 2014 – a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust.
Kiwi communities join former All Blacks to plant 170,000 trees
16/09/2013
Rugby and tree planting may seem an unlikely combination, but over the past three years they have come together in a spectacular way: the Living Legends project. 17 “Rugby Legends” including Sir Colin Meads, Sir Brian Lochore and Todd Blackadder have joined over 8,000 New Zealanders to plant 170,000 native trees throughout New Zealand.
Children help turn Waiu Park red
12/08/2013
Visitors to Waiu Park in Wainuiomata will be seeing red in the coming years, when the newly planted rata trees explode with colour – following Project Crimson’s most recent community planting day in the Wellington region.
2014 Treemendous finalists announced
10/07/2013
It was no easy task judging the 2014 Treemendous School Makeovers! We had some fantastic applications from schools all across the country. We usually select 10 schools to go into the final round but this year was such a toughy we put 12 through!
Whangamata Area School creates a Treemendous space for students
6/07/2013
More than 75 members of the Whangamata community came out in force on Saturday 6 July to help with Whangamata Area School’s Treemendous School Makeover.
Treemendous outdoor classroom for Oakura school
20/06/2013
More than 300 members of the Oakura community gathered their gardening gloves and battled the rain to support Oakura School’s Treemendous School Makeover on Sunday 15 June, resulting in one of the best turnouts in the five year history of the Treemendous programme.
Thousands of trees planted in group community effort
18/06/2013
Project Crimson, staff from Loyalty New Zealand (the company that runs Fly Buys) and the Wellington City Council joined forces on Tuesday 18 June, to undertake the planting of 4,280 native trees at Seton Nossiter Park.
Porirua School creates treasured garden space for students
20/05/2013
More than 80 people from the Porirua community rallied together to support Porirua School with their Treemendous School Makeover on Saturday 18 May.
Halfway Bush creates blooming education space for students
16/04/2013
More than 130 people from the Dunedin community were out in force on Saturday to help out with Halfway Bush School’s Treemendous School Makeover.
Project Crimson visits Rotoroa Island
20/12/2012
Project Crimson Trustees enjoyed a night on Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf last week - following their final meeting of the year.
Richard Bowles makes it to the finish line!
15/12/2012
Adventure runner Richard Bowles has just become the first runner to complete the 3054km Te Araroa Trail, which spans the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
Rātā welcomes Te Araroa trail runner to Queenstown
10/12/2012
On Monday 10th December, ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowles ran into Queenstown and was a guest at Josh Emett’s restaurant Rātā as part of the Project Crimson fundraising efforts.
Green goals a reality for schools
28/11/2012
Four winning schools have been selected to receive a Treemendous School Makeover in 2013 – a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust.
Mazda workhorses help native icons blossom
23/11/2012
Mazda New Zealand has reaffirmed its ongoing support of one of New Zealand’s most well known charities, donating two of its hard working new BT-50s to the Project Crimson Trust.
Te Araroa Trail runner plants ratas with Project Crimson
19/11/2012
When a man makes molehills out of mountains, runs daily marathons for weeks on end, and enjoys every minute of the rugged adventure, you might be tempted to call him crazy. Or you might just call him Richard Bowles.
Queenstown's Rata restaurant raises profile of Project Crimson
15/11/2012
Rata is more than just a name for the prominent new Queenstown restaurant owned by New Zealand Masterchef judge Josh Emett and business partner Fleur Caulton. The pair are passionate about the conservation of the rata tree which is reflected in their endorsement for the work of the Project Crimson Trust.
Running for red
18/10/2012
New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail is about to be run for the first time, but it’s an Australian who is taking up the challenge! And it's all set to help raise funds for Project Crimson.
Dress with ‘Pride’ this summer - and keep New Zealand blooming Crimson
9/10/2012
Can fashion really help the environment? Project Crimson and fashion designer and eco-advocate Laurie Foon of Starfish believe it can and have created a line of unique and stylish eco friendly tshirts since their partnership began in 2008, the profits of which go back into putting more pohutukawa and rata into New Zealand soil.
Kiwis help plant over 100,000 trees as a legacy to Rugby World Cup
23/08/2012
Thousands of New Zealanders have now helped to plant over 100,000 native trees as part of the Living Legends project.
Project Crimson named a Conservation Champion
31/07/2012
Project Crimson was delighted to be named a Conservation Champion by the Department of Conservation in July of this year for our work in Reporua.
Kids create Treemendous Kakabeak nursery
2/07/2012
The Tutira community came out in force on Saturday 30 June to help transform many areas of Tutira school grounds as part of the Treemendous School Makeover project.
Otaua School creates a Treemendous space for students
30/05/2012
More than 140 people from the Otaua community were out in force on Saturday to help out with Otaua School’s Treemendous School Makeover.
Project Crimson a finalist in Green Ribbon Awards
18/05/2012
Project Crimson is excited to have been named one of three finalists in the 2012 Green Ribbon Awards, in the Biodiversity Category.
Nuhaka School plants a Treemendous walkway
9/05/2012
Over 150 students, teachers and members of the Nuhaka community were out in force on Saturday 28 April to turn an area of land adjacent to Nuhaka School into a native garden.
Omarama Makeover sets the bar for 2012
13/03/2012
The Omarama School makeover kicked the 2012 Treemendous makeovers off in special style - with almost 100 people turning up to help despite the school having only 26 students!
Treemendous School Makeover winners named
1/12/2011
Four New Zealand schools have been selected to receive a Treemendous School Makeover – a joint initiative by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust.
Dress with ‘Pride’ this Summer
31/08/2011
Dress with ‘Pride’ this summer and keep New Zealand’s native trees blooming.
Ata Rangi and Project Crimson serve up a special course for Wellington on a Plate
5/08/2011
Project Crimson and Ata Rangi are set to show off their exceptional partnership in August when they swap cutlery for spades during New Zealand’s premier culinary festival
Rapaura School plants a Treemendous new garden
25/05/2011
Over 100 students, teachers and members of the Blenheim school community were out in force over the weekend to dig in for Rapaura School’s Treemendous School Makeover.
Westshore Primary School's Treemendous Makeover
12/04/2011
Over 120 students, teachers and members of the wider school community were out in force over the weekend to dig in for Westshore School’s Treemendous School Makeover.
Outdoor learning for Spotswood Primary
11/04/2011
Spotswood Primary’s 324 pupils can now reap the benefits of learning in their outdoor classroom following a Treemendous School Makeover.
Living Legends launch
15/02/2011
Living Legends, a community conservation initiative uniting rugby and conservation in 2011, was officially launched in Christchurch last week.
Orua and Wattle Bay Coastal Area Set to Return to Crimson
8/02/2011
The crimson flowers from 100 pohutukawa, supplied by the Project Crimson Trust, will soon be a welcome sight to visitors and members of the Orua Bay and Wattle Bay community...
Te Manutuketuke Walkway Signs
8/02/2011
Peter Gibson, from the Paikea - Whitireia Trust, applied for funding through Project Crimson in 2010 as he wanted signage to the "Te Manutuketuke Walkway"...
Spotswood Primary School wins Treemendous Makeover
2/12/2010
Spotswood Primary School is one of four schools selected nationwide to receive a Treemendous School Makeover – a joint initiative by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust...
Westshore School wins Treemendous Makeover
2/12/2010
Westshore School is one of four schools selected nationwide to receive a Treemendous School Makeover – a joint initiative by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust...
Rapaura School wins Treemendous Makeover
2/12/2010
Rapaura School is one of four schools selected nationwide to receive a Treemendous School Makeover – a joint initiative by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust...
Epuni Primary School wins Treemendous Makeover
2/12/2010
Epuni Primary School is one of four schools selected nationwide to receive a Treemendous School Makeover – a joint initiative by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust...
Treemendous School Makeover winners announced
2/12/2010
Three schools in the North Island and one in the South have been selected to receive a Treemendous School Makeover – a joint initiative by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust...
Celebrating conservation and Rugby Legends in 2011
26/11/2010
In an effort to celebrate community conservation and rugby an exciting new project called Living Legends has been kicked off in preparation for Rugby World Cup 2011.
Kerry Fenton-Johns Art Exhibition
15/11/2010
Dunedin Airport will this month open a special solo art exhibition by leading Otago artist Kerry Fenton-Johns, featuring pohutukawa - the New Zealand Christmas tree.
Kiwi kids learn virtually everything about New Zealand's native Christmas tree
9/11/2010
Next week thousands of primary, intermediate and secondary school students from around the country will participate in a virtual field-trip to Whangarei to learn about New Zealand’s native Christmas tree, the pōhutukawa.
Vote for your favourite plant 2010
4/11/2010
Having picked their favourites in the local body elections, Kiwis can now vote for their favourite native plant in the Plant Conservation Network’s annual poll via the Network website...
St Mary’s add some red bloom to their school
19/10/2010
When Project Crimson sent out the word that extra pohutukawa were available in the Tamaki region, plenty of schools, community groups and local council groups put their hands up for some of our iconic species...
Seeing Red
9/09/2010
Visitors to the islands on Lake Wanaka will be seeing red in the coming years, as they will be ablaze with rata flowers, thanks to Project Crimson and volunteers from the local community....
Your ticket to Fashion Week could be in a pohutukawa tree
9/09/2010
In a brilliant mix of ecology and fashion, Project Crimson and Starfish designer Laurie Foon have teamed up to give fashion lovers the chance to be guests at New Zealand Fashion Week this year...
Onepoto is transformed
9/09/2010
Titahi Bay School Environment group swapped their school books for spades last Thursday to help plant 750 Northern Rata gifted by the Project Crimson Trust to the Porirua City Council...
Starfish Eco-Show at New Zealand Fashion Week
31/08/2010
Win 2 tickets to the Starfish Eco-Show at New Zealand Fashion Week in Auckland by purchasing a Project Crimson Bloomer tee...
Satellites Assist in Moturata Restoration
20/07/2010
A 20 year long environmental restoration project on Moturata Island 45km south of Dunedin, has not only seen the regeneration of rata trees....
Project Crimson plants at Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
22/06/2010
Visitors to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park coastline will soon be enjoying the bloom from even more pohutukawa after Project Crimson recently provided another 50 pohutukawa to be planted on Te Kouma Farm...
New Zealanders to plant 13,000 pohutukawa and rata in 2010
1/06/2010
This year, volunteers in communities all around the country will plant 13,000 eco-sourced pohutukawa and rata following the 2010 Project Crimson annual funding round...
Native grove for Albany Primary School
26/05/2010
In a final Treemendous effort of 2010, Albany Primary School receivd a native garden makeover on 22 May...
Bucklands Beach Primary School transformed
28/04/2010
The Treemendous team along with teachers, parents, children and others from the community of Bucklands Beach in Auckland turned out in full force on Saturday 24 April to help transform an area on the edge of the school field into a native garden...
Treemendous Makeover for St Joseph’s School
29/03/2010
An area out the back of St Joseph’s School in Waitara has been transformed from an ‘out-of-bounds’ swamp to a native wetland area after the Treemendous team visited the school on Saturday 20 March to help complete a Treemendous School Makeover...
Bartlett's rata voted third favourite plant in New Zealand
18/03/2010
Kiwi’s love and concern for one of its most endangered species shone through after it was voted New Zealander’s third favourite plant in the Favourite Native Plant poll run by the New Zealand Native Plant Conservation Network...
Ata Rangi continues to support Project Crimson
12/01/2010
Conservationist, winemaker and Ata Rangi founder, Clive Paton chats to Hannah White from Project Crimson about his work with rata, the success of his Crimson label wine and his ongoing commitment to Project Crimson...
Winners announced for a Treemendous School Makeover
12/11/2009
Four New Zealand schools have been selected for the third round of the annual Treemendous School Makeovers, a joint initiative between Project Crimson and the Mazda Foundation...
Kiwi kids learn virtually everything about NZ
11/11/2009
In October 2,000 primary, intermediate, and secondary school students from around the country participated in a virtual field-trip to the North Island’s east coast to learn about New Zealand’s native Christmas tree, the pōhutukawa...
New Bloomers coming soon...
16/10/2009
In a brilliant mix of ecology and fashion, Project Crimson and designer and eco-advocate, Laurie Foon of Starfish have teamed up to...
School community gets stuck in for Papatoetoe North School Makeover
8/09/2009
Children, parents, teachers and keen locals worked all day on Saturday, 5th September for Papatoetoe North School’s Treemendous School Makeover, the final makeover for 2009...
Project Crimson and Meridian help plant 900 native trees in Redcliffs Valley
11/08/2009
Hundreds of native trees and shrubs were planted by Meridian staff, Project Crimson, Christchurch City Council and members of the community for a restoration project in the valley at the head of Barnett’s Park (Redcliffs, Christchurch) on Saturday 8 August...
Philip Simpson awarded Loder Cup
5/08/2009
The awards just keep on coming for botanist and Project Crimson Trustee, Philip Simpson...
Arbor Day makeover for Ian Galloway Park
5/06/2009
Project Crimson led the transformation of high profile sports park, Ian Galloway Park, on Friday 5 June, with the planting of 2,500 native plants
Philip Simpson awarded $100,000 Michael King Fellowship
2/06/2009
Botanist, Takaka resident and founding Project Crimson Trustee, Philip Simpson, has been awarded the $100,000 Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship.
Hedgehope School Treemendous Makeover
8/03/2009
The Treemendous team visited Hedgehope School on Saturday 7 March to carry out their native garden makeover along with the school and members of the local community.