Planet 21 visitors

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The visit of Pur Projet, the administrators of Accor Hotels Planet 21 programme, heralds a new era for Trees for Survival.

In mid-March, Trees for Survival received a visit from Pierric Jammes, Director General, and Thomas Marin of Pur Projet (in English Pure Project). Pur Projet is involved in many projects, with many companies worldwide, including Nespresso and Marks and Spencer. See http://www.purprojet.com/en/partners-initiatives

PUR visit Owairoa School planting site in Trig Road

Pierric and Thomas had clear goals while in New Zealand; to get to know both Trees for Survival and some its personnel, and to ensure that the reporting standards matched their criteria.

To that end, they met with Trees for Survival National Manager Roger Milne, Trust Board Chair Graeme Houston, as well as Paul Columbus, General Manager of Novotel Auckland Airport and Stephen Tiney, Accor’s Safety and Compliance Manager. This meeting was the start of a two-day visit, and laid the foundations for what was a very productive period.

The first site visit was to Aorere College, where they were met by Manjula Handjani and three students, who described last year’s planting site along a stream  at Manukau Memorial Gardens, and how they planted 760 seedlings grown by Optionz Rehabilitation Unit, in conjunction with Optionz clients and personnel.

From left: Thomas Marin of PUR, Christine Reddy, Jennifer Vuong, Leoni Tua, teacher Manjula Handjani, Pierrric Jammes of PUR and Trees for Survival Trust Board Chair Graeme Houston

Aorere College first ran the programme in 2014 and the 1,000 seedlings delivered to the school last year will be planted out this winter. They were looking fantastic and our guests were very impressed. They were also impressed by the collaboration of Aorere College with the Airport Novotel during work experience visits, explained by the Principal Greg Pierce, which highlighted yet another positive from the Trees for Survival programme.

Pierric and Thomas met with Sue Crawshay who leads the Auckland Council Trees for Survival Field Officer team. Sue explained her reporting methodology and joined the visit for half a day, to both Ponsonby Primary School, and to the property of Jill and Kevin Adshead at Glorit, on the Kaipara Harbour, where Meadowbank School and Kaipara Flats Primary have been planting their annual crop for the last seven years.

This working farm of 3500 acres, is also now the home to several pairs of kiwi, and really is a showcase of the work of the owners, who together with Trees for Survival, are making a real difference to the ecology of this part of the Kaipara hinterland.

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