Growing our future

Planting more native trees is an important action we can all take to tackle climate change.

At Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, we’re excited about our new environmental partnership with Wellington City Council. Our aim is to create a new carbon sink in the city's Outer Green Belt in Ohariu Valley.

It’s a big step forward for the University, as we work towards our goal of becoming a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030.

Find out more about the Growing our future project.

Our four-year plan

11 hectares

Reforest an initial 11 hectares of scrub.


Plant over 23,000 native trees.


Work with hundreds of volunteers and donors to make this plan a reality.


Chip in the cost of a seedling today and be part of our plan to take climate action in our own backyard.

What is a carbon sink?

A carbon sink is a place that absorbs more carbon than it releases. Forests are typically carbon sinks, but any reservoir that absorbs and stores more carbon than it emits is a carbon sink.

Wherever they are in the world, carbon sinks help to lower the concentration of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere.

A redheaded boy with a small plant at his side sits atop a barren hill overlooking Wellington harbour