Imagine if New Zealand celebrated the Prime Minister’s new baby by crowdfunding a native forest to honour every Kiwi baby?

We are a key funder and passionate advocate of conservation charity,Trees That Count – New Zealand’s only community marketplace which connects native tree planters with funders. The charity is on a mission to see millions more native trees planted, for climate change, and also to restore our environment. Trees That Count want to create a cultural shift, where the planting or gifting of native trees becomes the Kiwi thing to do to honour an occasion.

To celebrate the arrival of the Prime Minister’s new baby, conservation charity Trees That Count has launched Trees for Kiwi Babies – a gifting registry to acknowledge the birth of every Kiwi baby born in 2018.  A target has been set to see 60,000 native trees gifted – roughly the number of babies that will be born in New Zealand this year.

Stephen Tindall says, “We were delighted to gift the first trees to the Tree Registry. The Prime Minister herself has said that climate change is this generation’s nuclear free moment.  Every tree gifted will help Trees That Count’s overall goal to see 200 million new native trees planted over the next 10 years, which will make a significant impact on carbon reduction, and contribute to New Zealand’s climate change goals.  There’s nothing better we can do for our children and grandchildren than act now for climate change, and planting a tree for every baby born is a lovely way to honour a new arrival.”

Trees funded to Trees for Kiwi Babies will go towards community tree planting projects to be planted during Matariki 2019. 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, and planting locations will be confirmed closer to the time.

Let’s create a new culture where the planting or gifting of native trees for a special occasion becomes the Kiwi thing to do.  Donate your native tree today!