Te Korowai o Tāne

Planting our Place

We’ve got more native tree cover than any other urban area in Aotearoa and we’re a biodiversity hot spot, but can we lead the country in being the first to hit 10% green coverage?

NPDC’s Te Korowai o Tāne grants will fund not-for-profit and community groups to plant native species on their own properties.

One of the big calls in our 10-Year Plan last year was Planting our Place by working with mana whenua to start planting 34 hectares of urban forest across the District over the next 20 years to help bring back native birdsong to our urban areas and make our place greener and healthier for our kids.

We already lead the country in green cover with almost 9% of our urban area in native trees.  Pushing it over 10% will help us meet emissions targets as part of our Climate Action Framework and show our Sustainable Lifestyle Capital is leading the country in creating a greener future.

Each year Te Korowai o Tāne will have $30k to help groups with native planting.

The fund is open to applications year round.

It is open to community and not-for-profit groups including schools, sports clubs, kōhanga reo, kindergartens, early childhood and play centres and marae.


  • Applicants must provide a quote for the plants from an NPDC-approved supplier.  These are:
  • The applicants must plant on their own properties.
  • Before and after photos must be provided to show the planting has been done.
  • Funding is to buy native plants only and 70% of these must be large trees (canopy species) for carbon sequestration.
  • Planting must be intended to be in perpetuity.
  • NPDC will model carbon sequestration through the grants given in 2022/23.
  • Only one application will be accepted per property.
  • Grants are a maximum of $5k including GST per group.


Fund details
Closing Date
1 June each year
Funding length:
One Year
Application process:
KPI's required:
Funding contract:
Payment Type
To group/individual on invoice
Photos of completed planting