Rotary New Zealand’s domestic centennial programme launched in June 2019 is a nationwide community-based movement to tackle climate change and, where appropriate, plant Forests of Peace and Remembrance.
At the heart of this movement is power from harnessing communities and volunteers to make a difference.
Rotary is mobilising in the belief that communities can plant millions of native plants over the next decade – and beyond - to address climate change and activate community participation at all ages, especially among young people.
It builds on a century of success from many organisations. For example, Rotary Auckland’s ‘Trees for Survival’ programme and the Rotary Club of Wellington’s ‘Forest at the Heart of Wellington’.
Our aim is simple, to create a fully sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand, and to tackle climate change.
This common cause and community spirit will mobilise volunteers of all ages to plant native ecosystems that contribute to a pest-free New Zealand and a helping-hand to our precious native fauna and flora.
How will TreeTreesTrees work?
We recognise that communities need to focus on their own area and voluntary organisations.
TreeTreesTrees will provide support services, including providing the native trees, raising funding, and assisting with national and local communications networks.
To back this up we are setting up a multi organisation trust fund.
The Trust Patrons will be Sir Anand Satyanand, (former Governor-General) and Bill Boyd CNZM (former Rotary International President).
- The Trust Chair will be Dr Russ Ballard CNZM.
Te Uru Rākau | Forestry New Zealand One Billion Trees Fund has provided the catalyst for this transformational community movement. It is already funding half of the ‘Forest at the Heart of Wellington’ and providing guidance and support as we launch it at a national level.
Who will be involved?
Rotary has partnerships and commitments from the following likeminded organisations to work together, to create national reach:
- 280 Rotary Clubs
- Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association - 181 Clubs
- Fire and Emergency New Zealand: 637 fire stations touching every community with over 14,000 firefighters, including volunteers
- The New Zealand Defence Force mobilising Cadet and Reserve Forces
- Scouts New Zealand through over 350 locations
- The Department of Corrections have agreed in principle to support the programme.
This is merely the starting point in mobilising communities, and in engaging young people.
Conservation Volunteers New Zealand is a key partner to coordinate planting, training, education, health and safety.