Preserve Planet Earth
In 1990 the President of Rotary International, Paulo Costa, announced ‘Preserve Planet Earth’ as the theme for the year.
Noel Holyoake, from Auckland’s Pakuranga Rotary Club took up the challenge by launching the Trees for Survival programme, as one of his projects as District Governor that year.
The aim of the programme was to grow native seedlings to plant on unstable land, to prevent erosion and improve stream flow and water quality, increase native biodiversity and offset carbon emissions. It was also recognized that growing and caring for native trees had significant educational outcomes.
Pakuranga Rotary designed a permanent shade house known as a Plant Growing Unit and established them in three Pakuranga schools. The unit have an irrigation system and can accommodate 1500+ seedlings for a year or more, until they are mature enough to plant out.