Archived posts 2013/15

Planting for the future

Posted for Rick Swan, Reikorangi

I purchased 51 kauri trees today, for planting out over both blocks of the forest farm. So whether it rains or shines, I hope to be planting. Around the time of wetter weather is preferable for that task.

Tane Mahuta, one of Northland’s great kauri. Image by Juliette Pallies, from

Pathogens are killing many of the Northland kauri, and I suspect climate change might enable new pathogens to develop in a warmer Northland, NZ. I’ve had successful plantings over the last 5 to 13 years of 24 kauri (some with my daughter’s help), in the foothills and river terraces near the western flanks of the Southern Tararua Ranges, north of Wellington.

The kauri planted there are doing very well and do not show any sign of deterioration /sickness. This result gives me the confidence to take it to the next level. For more on kauri dieback disease in Northland, see here.

I’m not *that* unique in relation to forestry in the Kapiti region / ReikorangiValley however, and credits are due to other people / groups. I need to mention a most worthy credit to Graham Petterson, a senior citizen of Waikanae, and member of the “Friends of the WaikanaeRiver” group. Graham grew the 51 kauri that I am planting, and he is one of those people one might describe as “the very salt of the Earth”. Graham was merely wanting to recover his expenses in this transaction.

Here are some pertinent links if you wish to know more about Graham and the Friends of the Waikanae River:

There are other Reikorangi and Kapiti rural residents doing much the same as me with trees and, for some of them, on even bigger scales. They are generally pre-internet generation and much more private than me, which is why you do not hear about them. I am also a member of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association who taught me a lot of things.

We achieve little on our own, but a lot by networking. Cooperation is generally more successful than competition when a common goal is the objective. Nature itself works that way, from my observations. This appears to be the case in projects like “saving the Kauri” from the Kauri die-back disease, which is prevalent about North of Huntly / Hamilton.

4 thoughts on “Planting for the future

  1. ool stuff… the NEW NORTH and will pop back in a hundred years to check them out. Very impressed with the large Kauri on aimes st @ 100m from beach

    1. I have bought the last of his stock ( 73 in total now with 29 planted ), but I can spare one for you if needed. Don’t leave it for too long, or they will all be in the ground. Regards, Rick.

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