The arrival of Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford has been celebrated with the launch of Trees for Kiwi Babies, a new initiative from conservation charity Trees That Count.
The charity is building a movement to help New Zealand plant more native trees, counting how many native trees planted each year and helping to plant more. This helps measure our collective impact on climate change and how are improving our environment.
New Zealanders have been growing our native tree count since 2016, and the total registry now exceeds 18 million. The Trees That Count tally for 2018 at time of writing stands at 5,559,799.
Trees for Kiwi Babies is a gifting registry to acknowledge the birth of every New Zealand child in 2018. A target has been set to see 60,000 native trees gifted which is roughly the number of babies that will be born in New Zealand this year.
Donations to the registry will help fund community native tree-planting projects during Matariki next year.
Trees That Count will invite new Kiwi parents and their 2018 babies to come along and plant a native tree. Trees That Count will work with community planting groups throughout New Zealand to plant these forests, with planting locations will be confirmed closer to the time.
July has been a big month for Trees That Count, with the recent announcement of funding by Government assisting the One Billion Trees programme through an uplift in community based native planting activity.