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Ngā Taonga Tuku Oranga.
Inspiring children.
Protecting Aotearoa New Zealand.

Trees for Survival Charitable Trust
is creating a legacy we can all be proud of.

Environmental education in action - we're restoring our environment through the growing and planting of native trees!

Together with the help of 1,000s of New Zealand students, landowners, schools and our sponsorship partners, we’re growing and planting native trees in areas they’re needed the most - protecting streams, wetlands and erosion-prone land, with over 100,000 native trees planted every year.

Our action based environmental education programme empowers school communities to nurture, grow and plant native plants showing them how they can be active in environmental restoration.


Total native plants planted


Total native plants planted in 2023


Schools involved in 2023


Students involved in 2023


Waterways planted in 2023

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Latest Stories

Native Tree donation appeal starting 27 May

Trees for Survival Charitable Trust is calling on New Zealanders to play their part in helping to ‘reforest Aotearoa’ by donating a native tree to their nationwide school programme. TheRead more

#1 Planter

Since our partnership with Trees that Count began in 2022, Trees for Survival has become their #1 all time planter. Our school programme has planted 75,000 native plants with Trees that Count overRead more

2 million trees and counting

New Zealand charity, Trees for Survival Charitable Trust, has been quietly achieving – and surpassing – a phenomenal milestone: more than two million native plants grown and planted by NewRead more

Native Plant Seeds

With 230 schools set to be growing and planting with TfS in 2025, we are busy preparing for the large amount of native plant seed that needs to be collected now before being germinated at Nga Rakau aRead more

Before and After

Before and After……nothing shows the impact of planting and how quickly the landscape can be revegetated and restored than a good before and after photo. Trees for Survival facilitators will spendRead more

Watch them grow

Trees for Survival encourages their schools to transplant their seedings as soon as possible after delivery in September to ensure they have the best chance to grow over the warm summer months.Read more

24 Years of Planting

After 24 years as a Trees for Survival Facilitator – Gail Allende has reluctantly said farewell. Gail has kindly shared some of her stories and recollected how things have changed in TfS over theRead more

Outstanding Results

Hearing from landowners who want to share the success of a schools planting is one way Trees for Survival measure and share their success.  Given the best chance at survival through good siteRead more

Good things take time!

We are all aware of the long term benefits of planting native plants such as the creation of ecological corridors and filtering of nutrients into waterways, so it was pretty special that at thisRead more

Give the gift of trees this Christmas

Trees for Survival national manager Phil Lyons is encouraging people to give a donation this Christmas to help their environmental education programme expand to more schools across Aotearoa NewRead more

Welcome Taranaki!

Five schools in the Taranaki region were welcomed to the Trees for Survival programme in 2022 and have now completed their first cycle of growing on seedlings and  planting these out.  What a greatRead more

Spring is sprung

Spring is sprung..... so it must be seedling time! With planting days nearly completed for the season, potting up season is suddenly here.  A huge amount of planning  is involved to enable theRead more

Principal Partners

We are incredibly thankful to our Principal Partners whose generous support ensures we can bring Trees for Survival to more schools, educating more students, and planting more trees than ever before!

Trees for Survival is a Rotary initiated project, originally established by the Rotary Club of Pakuranga in 1991.
We are thrilled to receive ongoing support from numerous Rotary Clubs with club members regularly helping at our planting days.

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