Growing our future

Join our planting events because one of the best actions we can take to improve our natural environment is to plant native trees.

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is working with Wellington City Council and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand to help restore native forests around the Wellington region in a project we’re calling Growing our Future (previously known as Growing Graduates). This project allows us to contribute to the region while offsetting carbon and getting the University closer our zero carbon (PDF) goal.

Join a planting day

University students, staff, and alumni are invited to join us at one of our volunteer planting days:

  • Thursday 8 July
  • Friday 9 July
  • Saturday 10 July.

Buses depart in the morning from Kelburn and Pipitea campus to transport volunteers to the planting site and bring you back on campus in the afternoon.

Lunch is provided.

There will be a 20-minute walk over a sometimes-steep gravel and dirt track to reach the planting site in the morning and then back in the afternoon.


You’ll need to wear weather-appropriate and comfortable clothing. Wear shoes that protect your feet and ankles. Also bring wet weather clothing, a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle.

Employee volunteer programme

All university employees, except casual or fixed term employees for less than six months, are entitled to one day of paid volunteer leave each year.

This project has been approved for use of your volunteer leave. Check with your manager that the timing is right, then book your volunteer leave day on HR Kiosk.

If you register for Saturday it will not count as your volunteer leave day.

More information about the Employee Volunteer Programme is available on the staff intranet.

Looking back

COVID-19 meant we couldn't have a planting event in 2020, so instead we gave away 1000 native plants to students, staff and alumni to plant in their own gardens. Check out our video of the day.