Lorraine arrived at Trees for Travellers to take over from Kevin Cole who has left to work his animal farm full time. Job well done Kevin. Thankyou. We have had an extremely dry summer through 2012/13 and this has had a huge impact on our enviroment. We are hoping for good rain through Autumn into Winter to assist with good growth in our trees.
Tree plantings are being organised with individuals and groups coming to Kaikoura this month and plantings being undertaken on Toms Track in Scarborough Street. Watering all recently planted trees by hand until more rain arrives.
International Student Vollunteers plant another 150 trees - July 2012
Eight students continued our Tom's Track tree planting among some etremely dense gorse. The Kaikoura Star reported their efforts with a photo too: http://bit.ly/OAqvnI
International Student Vollunteers help plant 200 trees - May 2012
A group of eleven from the USA/Canada ISV organisation joined us last week. We literally 'attacked' a gorse riden bank along Tom's Track, and planted 200 native trees. Their work was reported in the Kaikoura Star newspaper: http://bit.ly/Kv20ZI
Renaissance College Hong Kong return - plaque presentation - April 2012
This is becomming an annual event = Little Brown Kiwi bring another group of 26 Hong Kong students to plant 30 trees as reported in the Kaikoura Star newspaper ~ http://bit.ly/HZ7hEP
T4T helps with local school recycling - March 2012
T4T featured in a Kaikoura Star newspaper acticle about local schools collecting cardboard and paper for recycling: http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/kaikoura/6567204/Recyclers-repaid
250 tree planting with CCSP - Dec 2011
Dodging the showers, we had two scorching days last week planting a total of 250 trees. And, to cap it off we've since had a couple of days rain and showers = perfect for newly planted trees. Next, the trees need registering to customer. If you're waiting to hear about your tree, it shouldn't be long now - thanks for your patience.
CCSP = Creation Care Study Programme = US and Canadian University students in NZ studying for a semester.
T4T featured in Paper4Trees article in Kaikoura Star - Nov 2011
T4T played a major role in securing sponsorship for Kaikoura school's Paper4Trees recycling scheme. Check out the photo and article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/kaikoura/6016415/Tree-for-each-student
T4T delivers fifty trees to seven Kaikoura schools - Nov 2011
Seven Kaikoura schools have collected and recycled sufficient paper and cardboard to be awarded a total of fifty trees this year through the Paper4Trees scheme. (T4T is pleased and proud to provide and deliver the trees).
T4T offers to help landowners - Oct 2011
T4T responded to an article in the Kaikoura Star newspaper - reporting how farmers along Kaikoura's creeks and rivers were facing tough new rules stopping livestock accessing waterways. The Star published the letter suggesting farmers contact T4T for help re-establishing vegetation and trees along the stream-banks.
T4T mentioned in Cook Islands article - Oct 2011
T4T featured in TravelWildTV programme - Sept 2011
Lin Sutherland a TravelWildTV presenter visited Kaikoura and made this short film about T4T: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAhE5ufesA8
La Nina is back, again! - Sept 2011
Long range weather forecasts are pointing toward another dry and hot summer, which is not good for newly planted trees: http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/10373828/early-arrival-for-summer-expected/
Please be assured that our focus is ALWAYS on the health of your trees, so if it takes a few months before conditions are right, that's how long we'll wait - your tree WILL be planted as soon as conditions are suitable to give it the best start possible - THANKS for your patience and understanding.
Tree planting = on hold - Sept 2011
Kaikoura hasn't had any decent rain for more than two months (same as last year!) Consequently, we've not been able to start our spring tree planting projects. Please bear with us while we wait for some rain - to give the trees the best start possible.
T4T mentioned in UK Independent newspaper - Sept 2011
A glowing eco-article about Kaikoura
Frosts have 'knocked' our last tree planting - August 2011
A prolonged spell of frosty and some (unusually) snowy weather has knocked (damaged) the majority of our last 400 tree planting. Consequently, we've not registered these trees to customers, prefering to wait until we know they've survived the cold-snap, and are sufficiently healthy, with new growth visible.
This means we've not been able to register trees to customers for quite a while. If you've not heard from us regarding your trees planting and registration, please bear with us until warmer and wetter weather returns to the Kaikoura area, which is normally around the end of September.
T4T merchandise ON SALE - August 2011
All mugs and calendars reduced = for a limited time!
Kaikoura Star newspaper - Paper4Trees partnership - July 2011
T4T becomes partner to Paper4Trees programme - June 2011
We heard that the paper & card recycling scheme was struggling to find sufficient support, finance and a tree cultivator to supply Kaikoura schools, so we've stepped up and have agreed to provide the trees for the scheme. We now embark on finding local support for the other aspects of the programme. We'll keep you posted...
Kaikoura awarded EarthCheck GOLD - June 2011
Kaikoura became the first community in the world to be awarded the new EarthCheck GOLD certification:
The Trees For Travellers programme is an important cornerstone of Kaikoura's achievement.
T4T featured in Kaikoura Star Newspaper - May 2011
Our 5,000th tree planting has been featured in our local newspaper: http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/kaikoura/4987671/Programme-plants-traveller-forest
CCSP students plant 400 trees - April 2011
Kaikoura based Creation Care Study Group (CCSP) students (from America and Canada) helped T4T plant 400 trees, including our 5,000th, over a two-day planting project on the Kaikoura Peninsular Walkway.
T4T featured in Kaikoura blog - March 2011
EarthCheck were in Kaikoura recently filming for an Australian TV show. They've published the following blog, which features T4T: http://www.earthcheck.org/en-us/wp/kaikoura.aspx
REPORT = END OF SUMMER - March 2011
Canterbury and Kaikoura have just experienced one of the dryest summers on record. Some places recorded the warmest average summertime temperature ever!
We've been keeping an eye on our planting sites, and they're all in extremely good condition, considering the conditions they've just endured.
Temperatures have now reduced, and we've had a little rain. Everything looks ok to resume tree planting in April or May
TREE MAINTENANCE - December 2010
It's been too dry to plant trees since early September = astonishing!
Tree planting is now formally halted until the autumn (approx. May/June 2011)
We now swing into maintenance mode, visiting all our sites weeding and watering where possible and practical.
STILL NO RAIN - October 2010
We've had no rain to talk about for more than two months - tree plantings are still suspended.
The good news is that our established trees aren't suffering, and weed growth is slowed up!
PLEASE don't let this news (honesty!) put you off supporting our programme. Even if we have to wait until autumn, your trees will be planted - THANKS for your understanding and support.
TREE PLANTING HALTED - September 2010
Kaikoura hasn't had any significant rainfall for more than a month, so we've suspended tree plantings until conditions are wetter, and the outlook more favourable for trees!
TREE PLANTING RESUMED - August 2010
The Kaikoura winter was fairly frosty during June, July and early August, so we suspended our winter tree planting. Now temperatures have warmed, tree planting has resumed.
4,000'th TREE PLANTED - August 2010
The Kaikoura Suburban School kindly planted our 4000th tree on the Peninsular Coastal track, as reported by the Kaikoura Star: http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/kaikoura/4079962/Trees-for-Travellers-makes-it-4000
INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER GROUP - July 2010
A group of eleven ISV volunteers helped us plant 398 trees in two parts of the Kaikoura Peninsular Walking Track. Check out the Kaikoura Star feature: http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/kaikoura/3984327/Travellers-doing-their-bit
KAIKOURA STAR NEWSPAPER - July 2010
The Kaikoura Star newspaper featured Kevin Cole, T4T Manager, in an article about the recently revamped T4T website, online tree purchases & optional extras, new equipment, vollunteer opportunities, etc. Check out the article at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/kaikoura/3865606/Treat-environment-with-trees
We've just released our long-awaited updated website, which now includes a carbon calculator for car and motorbike travel (as well as aircraft flights). Our NEW shop feature includes the opportunity to donate to the programme, and there are a few NEW options available to purchase in addition to trees. Over the next few weeks, we'll be adding more options ...
Our Autumn tree planting programe is now in full swing. Last week we planted 402 trees in our South Bay Walking Track and Areneau Cemetery Walking Track sites.
We've already received unseasonal extra rainfall, so the newly planted trees will have had the best start possible!
Now the initial plantings are complete, we return to the office to register the trees to their new owners. If you purchased a tree during last summer, you should receive your e-card from us within a couple of weeks...
There won't be a fixed-date resumption of tree planting this Autumn. Instead, we'll be monitoring the heat and weather, and will resume planting once conditions are suitable. Our watering facilities will also be available, should we get caught out by a lack of rainfall.
Summer 2010 has (so far!) been perfect for trees! The weather has been strangely unsettled, with sparadic days of sun; rain; cloud; hot; cold... Our NEW watering programme has (so far!) kicked in five times to suplement the (lack of) rainfall on our most recently planted trees.
One additional problem we've had, is that the wetter summer has also caused astonishing weed growth. As a result, we've had to 'overlook' our aim to avoid using chemicals, and have visited our planting areas to perform both manual weed clearance and weed spraying.
BUT THE RESULT OF ALL THIS IS AMAZING - Most of the trees look EXTREMELY healthy! WELL DONE to all concerned and involved...
SADLY - MORE TREE DAMAGE TO REPORT - January 2010
A wired-closed gate has been opened on the South bay Walkway, allowing a small herd of cattle to escape from their field. It is unknown who did this, or how long the cattle were free, but we've had approx. fifty trees 'munched' down (fortunately not sufficient to cause their death). Two trees have been severly trampled, and will have to be replaced. These trees were among our largest and longest planted in the South Bay area! The two landowners involved are aware of the issue/problem. The gate has been rewired, and further reinforcement to it are already planned.
T4T = AMONG THE BEST OF 2009 - January 2010
The Kaikoura Star Newspaper published a list of 'Highlights of 2009', which included a photo of the appointment of Kevin Cole as the T4T Manager!
SUMMER'S HERE - SO WE START WATERING - December 2009
After ten days without any rain, we can officially say that summer heat, and reduced rainfall has arrived, so... We've swapped our spades & shovels, for garden hose & buckets, and have commenced the largest summertime watering programme T4T has ever attempted. With over four-thousand trees in the ground, including another record breaking number of trees planted this winter, it's obviously important to keep them alive and healthy... we'll keep you posted!!!
LAST WINTER PLANTING OF 2009 - December 2009
With a nervous eye on the 'unsettled' long-range weather forecast, we took the plunge last week, and planted 404 trees along the South Bay coastal walking track. Since then we've had two 'reasonable' rain showers = a good start for the trees!
DROUGHT STILL REPORTED IN CANTERBURY - November 2009
The local press continue to report record LOW levels of rain fall, despite a little recent rain in the Kaikoura area = http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/732631 and http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/3105298/Drought-looms-in-high-country
T4T ASSOCIATED WITH AWARD WINNER! - November 2009
One of the UK's leading newspapers (The Daily Telegraph) has featured Trees For Travellers alongside Kaikoura's Whale Watch company winning the "Responsible Tourism Award". Check out the full article (T4T discussed about half way down!) = http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hubs/greentravel/6543760/New-Zealand-Whale-watching-company-wins-Virgin-Holidays-Responsible-Tourism-Awards.html
AT LEAST WE TRIED! - November 2009
Some have been commenting about the apparently 'dead' and 'dying' Cabbage Trees near the Innivative Waste Kaikoura (IWK) entrance (T4T office location!)
We 'rescued' these trees from the land-fill 'truck' waste within IWK a couple of months ago! Unfortunately, their main tap-root had been severed, but we re-planted them anyway!
Two months later, it looks like they aren't going to survive, but at least we tried(!) - we hope locals, etc. will give us a few more weeks before we give up and remove them...
LARGE & small TREES - November 2009
With immediate effect, we announce that we've changed the trees we plant!
Rather than separate trees by their eventual size, we're going to plant small and LARGE 'examples' of all Kaikoura'ian(!) native species. A small and subtle change, but significant for us when faced with matching planting sites, weather effects, land erosion, inland vs. coastal, etc. against tree species and their size!
WE'RE STILL PLANTING - November 2009
Kaikoura has 'enjoyed' a reasonable amount of rain over the last few weeks, which has enabled our planting season to continue later than previous years! We're currently planning a 'close of season' planting around mid-November (as long as hot/dry summer weather doesn't arrive in the meantime!)
In the meantime, we're working on a watering and site maintenance programme which should allow us to continue planting through the summer months. (we intend to start some test/trial plantings during December 2009!)
WINTERTIME DROUGHT - September 2009
Local Kaikoura and Canterbury press have recently reported a continuation of last summer's drought through winter, which is what we've been finding while planting trees this season!http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch/2868349/Canterbury-drought-likely-say-forecasters
TREE VANDELISM - September 2009
Regretably, we report the vandelism of five large Cabbage Trees on Tom's Track. All five tree have been kicked over and destroyed. Fortunately (and strangely!) all other species nearby were left untouched! Kaikoura Police have been informed. Click here to view the Kaikoura Star newspaper article:
AWARD WINNER - September 2009
Trees For Travellers is now associated with an award winner!!!
Louise Southerden, who visitied Kaikoura earlier this year, and spent time with Kevin Cole, (Manager of Trees For Travellers) won TWO Australian travel writer awards for her eco-tourism feature (referenced below 23-24 May 2009):
ISV VOLUNTEER GROUP - August 2009
We hosted another enthusiastic International Student Vollunteer (ISV) group. Over three days, they helped clear and weed some existing sites; planted 50 trees; and tagged 350 trees.
(Kaikoura Star article:
STOP THE POHUTUKAWA - August 2009
Our decision to stop planting the Pohutukawa has been vindicated!!!
A North Marlborough Significant Natural Areas Project report describes it as an invasive weed, and not welcome in our region!
WEBSITE UPGRADE PLANNED - August 2009
The T4T website is just about to receive an upgrade and a small face-lift !!! ... and will include the following NEW options and changes...
We're just about to change the T4T tree options:
FROM = small and large species
TO = a species oriented list. You then select small or large examples of that species!
SELF PLANTING - We're introducing a NZ Winter-time Self-Planting service, with an accompanying set of optional extras (certificates, plaques, etc.) - PLEASE contact us directly if this is of interest?
CORPORATE - following a recent increase in approaches from companies wanting to purchase and plant trees in support of their carbon consumption, offsetting, gifts, sales rewards, etc. we've developed a range of suitable options. PLEASE contact us directly for more information.
We're working on a wide range of NEW options, gifts and merchandise for you to choose along with your tree purchase = Certificates, Plaques, Caps, T-shirts, Photo frames, ...
Is there anything you'd like us to offer?
KAIKOURA TREE SPECIES - July 2009
An audit of our recent weather and planting problems revealed that three of the tree species on our purchase list (Pohutukawa, Karo, Karaka) are NOT indiginous to Kaikoura. As a result, we've immediately stopped planting these species, and will be taking appropriate steps to remove them from the programme, and to contact any recent purchasers, etc!
TREE PLANTINGS - June 2009
630 trees have been planted so far this autumn, and await processing before T4T supporters are informed of their planting!
LARGE TREE PROBLEMS - June 2009
We currently have some supporter tree plantings 'on-hold' due to a lack of inland sites within the Kaikoura region. (Before land can be adopted by T4T, sites must: never be harvested; never be developed; there must be no cattle grazing; there must be reasonable viewing access; and the land-owner must agree to a range of management and maintenance issues). We're currently talking to a range of Kaikoura land-owners in an attempt to resolve this issue. The trees affected are mainly our 'large' species.
T4T IN THE AUSTRALIAN PRESS - 23-24 May 2009
Trees for Trevellers is featured in the Australian press = Sydney Morning Herald, and Melbourne Age article on "Green Edge - Wildlife Treasures of NZ's South Island":
Click on: http://www.mcmanus.co.nz/documents/SMH_Kaikoura.pdf
ISV VOLUNTEER GROUP PLANTING TREES - May 2009
An International Student Volunteer (ISV) Group visited Kaikoura, to help with a range of Community based public space projects, including Trees For Travellers site maintenance, and 500 tree plantings @ the South Bay Coastal Track
Click on: http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/kaikoura/2447543/Work-goes-on-in-the-wet
DROUGHT - SUMMER 2008-09
Summer has brought an intense drought to the Kaikoura region, with record low levels of rainfall from Nov to April. Trees for Travellers has diverted resources toward helping our more recently planted trees. The drought delayed our normal planting programme.
Kevin Cole recruited as T4T Manager (part-time)
Sandy Mulally recruited as T4T administrator (part-time)