• Partnership Documents

    The Auckland TfS Partnership

  • Rotary

    The combined Rotary Clubs of New Zealand support Trees for Survival  – the only environmental programme to have this support. These Clubs and Districts are current supporters of the programme.

    The future of this planet is in the hands of our children and to avoid repeating the mistakes of our past we must teach future generations how important trees are for our survival.

    Trees for Survival (TfS) is a Charitable Trust introduced to New Zealand by PDG Noel Holyoake and adopted by the Rotary Club of Pakuranga with the first three trial units established in 1991. By 1994 TfS had grown too big for the club to administer and the Trees for Survival Trust was formed. Rotary however still have a pivotal role in TfS nationally, providing local support to schools and building the community partnerships so vital to Trees for Survival’s success.

    Trees for Survival – children growing our future – is a programme designed to involve children in learning about trees and how important they are for our future. The objective of ‘more children planting more trees’ helps to control soil erosion, safeguard water quality, regulate stream flow, increase biodiversity, control greenhouse gases and to restore and beautify landscapes.

    The Trees for Survival programme has continued to grow and there are now over 165 schools throughout New Zealand, with each year more than 5,000 children planting approximately 70,000 trees per year. A feature of the programme is community partnership – bringing together different organisations and individuals working together to protect our environment. In the school community children, teachers, parents and grandparents work with a sponsor (Rotary, or local business), the local council, and landowners – a partnership with the common goal of making a difference to our ‘at risk’ landscape.

    How can you help?
    Become a Sponsor – Service and Community groups such as Rotary can encourage local businesses to fund and support the TfS programme in local schools by covering the initial set-up costs and the ongoing annual cost of providing support, resources, materials and equipment to maintain the school’s Plant Growing Unit (PGU). This community partnership provides school students with a practical environmental education and the opportunity to learn about our native flora, grow and plant trees and to discover how important plants are to our future.

    It is also a way a Rotary Club can take a leading role in its community by taking on an environmental project.

    Download the Brochure – About Trees for Survival

  • Volunteers

  • Councils

    Many Councils throughout New Zealand have expressed their support for the Trees for Survival (TfS) programme. The level of support varies from council to council but in general TfS falls within delegated council responsibilities ie: promoting environmental sustainability and support for schools.

    Supporting Councils are:

    Auckland Council
    Environment Bay of Plenty
    Tauranga City Council
    Gisborne District Council
    Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
    Horizons Regional Council
    Marlborough District Council
    Northland Regional Council
    Far North District Council
    Taranaki Regional Council
    Tasman District Council
    Nelson City Council
    Waikato Regional Council

    Councils may agree to assist schools by giving horticultural advice, identifying suitable planting sites, providing seedlings to grow and plant or other assistance as agreed between the parties.

    Other Partners: Schools; Sponsors; Supporters; Champions; Landowners

  • Sponsors

    Trees for Survival (TfS) School Sponsors are:

    Rotary Club of Albany
    Rotary Club of Auckland (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Auckland East (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Birkenhead
    Rotary Club of Botany East Tamaki (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Brown’s Bay
    Rotary Club of Devonport
    Rotary Club of Downtown Auckland (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Drury (Inc)
    Rotary Club of East Coast Bays
    Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise
    Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Henderson
    Rotary Club of Howick (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Kumeu
    Rotary Club of Mount Maunganui
    Rotary Club of Mt Eden (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Newmarket
    Rotary Club of Northcote
    Rotary Club of Otahuhu (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Otumoetai
    Rotary Club of Pakuranga
    Rotary Club of Papamoa
    Rotary Club of Papatoetoe West (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Paraparaumu
    Rotary Club of Parnell
    Rotary Club of Penrose (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Pohutukawa Coast (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Remuera (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Riccarton
    Rotary Club of Somerville Howick (Inc)
    Rotary Club of South Wairarapa
    Rotary Club of St Johns (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Tauranga
    Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise
    Rotary Club of Tauranga Te Papa
    Rotary Club of Waitakere City
    Rotary Club of Waiuku (Inc)
    Rotary Club of Warkworth


    Accor Hotels NZ
    AgriLINK New Zealand Ltd
    Aqua Clear Products
    Auckland Savings Bank
    Buckland School PTA
    Dept of Conservation (Taranaki)
    Dilworth Rural Campus
    Fonterra Grass Roots Fund
    Fonterra (Te Awamutu)
    Fonterra (Te Rapa)
    G J Gardner
    Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge
    Lower Mangapiko Streamcare Group
    Manaia Properties Ltd
    Mercury Energy
    New World Victoria Market
    Novotel Auckland Airport
    NZ Steel
    Pakiri Landcare
    Paraoa Bakehouse
    Smales Farm
    Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
    Summerset Group Holdings
    Sustainability Waitakere
    Taura Natural Ingredients
    Tauranga City Council
    Tetra Pak (NZ) Ltd
    Tony Powell – Landowner
    Waikato River Authority
    Wallace Corporation Ltd
    Watercare Services Ltd
    Wellington Central Charitable Trust
    Winstones Aggregates


    Nayland Primary
    St Francis School (Thames)
    St Peter’s School (Cambridge)
    Tirau Primary School
    Thames South School
    Waiheke Primary School

  • Supporters

    Trees for Survival (TfS) gratefully acknowledges our Foundation Supporters.

    Heirloom International

    Holyoake Industries

    Paradigm Associates Ltd

    Parkland Products

    Placement Solutions


    Taura Natural Ingredients

    Become a Trees for Survival Supporter:  Read more>>

  • Champions

    GOLD Champion



    AccorHotels New Zealand, in partnership with Trees for Survival, are working together to help restore New Zealand’s natural heritage. Every time a guest chooses to reuse their towel during their stay, AccorHotels donates to Trees for Survival. This initiative is part of the AccorHotels global Plant for the Planet programme, planting 1 tree per minute worldwide.

    STATE INSURANCElogo - state
    It’s not easy being green, but State is going there and doing so by encouraging their customers online to save paper and our environment. Going greener still, State has pledged to support Trees for Survival plant more trees and give more children the chance to interact with nature through the Trees for Survival programme.


    SILVER Champions

    Since its foundation Trees for Survival has enjoyed the support of of Multistrut Industries which provides warehousing and an office and Yates which provides potting mix for all our schools.

    It has been a flourishing partnership over the last five years between Trees for Survival and Carbon4Good.

    Together, many successful projects have been completed including the 100 tonne challenge where enough trees were planed to offset 100 tonnes of carbon. Read about C4G here >>.


    BRONZE Champions
    NZ STEEL has been a longtime supporter of Trees for Survival particularly in its support of schools in the Franklin area.

    NZ STEEL has also provided annual funding to the nationwide programme and was the major funder of the  Secondary Schools Resource Kit (2008) used by teachers in approximately 80 schools throughout the country as well as being the major funder of the recent website upgrade.

    NZ STEEL is playing a vital role in continuing to educate generations of school children about caring for our environment through supporting active, meaningful, hands-on learning as well as supporting local land managers to protect natural waterways.



    Green Cabs are NZ’s leading guilt-free transport choice.

    As one of the first taxi companies in NZ to introduce hybrid vehicles into the fleet, we have demonstrated our commitment to minimising our environmental impact while delivering affordable, quality service, for nearly ten years. From humble beginnings in Wellington in 2007, we now proudly operate in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

    NZ owned and operated, Green Cabs was founded on the principles of sustainability, affordability and quality – values we uphold to this day. As a result, we offer environmentally-conscientious fares that represent some of the most competitive bang-for-buck rates in the country.

    On top of savings for you, we ensure that a portion of every fare taken is donated to two organisations we staunchly support – Trees for Survival and Trees for the Future. Supporting these local and global initiatives in revegetation, sustainability education and conservation for the future, we are proud to be paving a greener path for the future.

    Reliable, quality service with an environmental conscience – Green Cabs is proud to be your guilt-free transport partner!


    Organisations wishing to become a TfS  Champion should contact the National Manager for more information.


  • Landowners

    View images of sites planted in association with Trees for Survival here.

    Planting your land can make a difference!

    Planting day 5 years ago









    The same site today









    Find out about being a Trees for Survival  Landowner.


  • Schools

    Apply to become a TfS school

    There are 162 (May 2014) Trees for Survival (TfS) schools throughout New Zealand distributed throughout the fifteen TfS regions.

    See map

    The TfS Kowhai School Awards recognise schools which are outstanding in their achievement of the aims and objectives of the TfS programme. See the 2013  list of TfS Kowhai Schools.

    A list of TfS schools from each region involved in the TfS programme are shown below.

    Region Number of Schools
    Auckland 73
    Bay of Plenty (inc Tauranga) 11
    Canterbury 1
    Gisborne 0
    Hawkes Bay 3
    Horizons (Manawatu-Wanganui) 18
    Marlborough 1
    Northland 5
    Otago 1
    Southland 0
    Taranaki 3
    Tasman (incl Nelson) 5
    Waikato 30
    West Coast 0
    Wellington 11

    Most TfS schools are fully supported by a School Sponsor but a number are not. Any group or organization wishing to be a School Sponsor of an unsupported school should in the first instance discuss this with the school and then make contact with the National Manager.

    Each supported school has a partnership agreement which outlines the agreed responsibilities of the school, its School Sponsor, the local Council where appropriate and TfS Management.

    You can see photographs of TfS activity in the Photo gallery.

    Other Partners: Councils; Sponsors; Supporters; Champions; Landowners