The Matariki Tu Rākau Programme led by Te Uru Rākau Forestry New Zealand, is part of the many initiatives around the country marking the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War. It is also part of the Government’s One Billion Trees Programme.
Over three years, starting in June 2018, the Matariki Tu Rākau programme will see communities across the country plant up to 350,000 trees. Whether large or small, these stands of trees will create living memorials to our service personnel of the past and present.
Matariki is a traditional time of harvest, thanksgiving and remembrance around Māori New Year, and occurs in the middle of the tree planting season.