Matariki Tu Rākau supports communities around New Zeland to plant trees together, creating living memorials 100 years after the First World War. Part of the One Billion Trees Programme.
Matariki Tu Rākau provides funding for communities to plant trees for living memorials - public places where whānau, communities, and visitors, can reflect on the services of our men and women of the New Zealand Defence Force, past and present.
We expect up to 350,000 trees to be planted through Matariki Tu Rākau events between 2018 and 2020. Local communities will work together to decide where to plant, what to plant and how to celebrate their Matariki Tu Rākau initiative.
Watch: Matariki Tu Rākau: Puhinui Planting Day (1min)
Two days. Thousands of native seedlings. Hundreds of volunteers creating a memorial forest and a future together.
Te Uru Rākau - Forestry New Zealand will provide funding for trees (preferably indigenous trees) to be planted on suitable land that's accessible to the public. Funding can be applied for through councils, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Associations (RSAs), marae, schools or community groups.
Matariki is in June to July, near the middle of the planting season for most of the country. The rising of the constellation of Matariki marks a traditional time of harvest, thanksgiving, and remembrance celebrated as the Māori New Year. The Government announced Matariki Tu Rākau on Anzac Day, 25 April 2018 and the first plantings happened during Matariki 2018.
To get involved, contact your local Council, RSA, or marae to find out if they have planned anything for your area, or to get things started. More information and the application form are online at mpi.govt.nz/matariki-tu-rakau