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Programme Summary

What we’re doing 

Our goal is to restore Hamilton’s native vegetation cover from less than 2% to 10% by 2050. That’s hundreds of thousands of plants across more than 1000 hectares to be restored. 

This 10-year programme is the first stage of delivery on the 30-year strategy. By 2031, we aim to increase native vegetation cover by 3%, and see an increase in native birds and other wildlife in our city.  

We have exciting and bold plans, but we need your help to bring it to life. Let’s protect and nurture our taonga (treasures), together.   

If you are interested in helping to restore nature in Hamilton, visit here. 

Why we’re doing it 

Nature is our most powerful taonga – it makes a stronger, healthier city. We know being around nature can be magic for people’s wellbeing. By restoring more nature for people to connect with, we can help improve the wellbeing of Hamiltonians. 

Of the 11,000 hectares in Hamilton Kirikiriroa, only 168 hectares are covered by native vegetation. This strategy will add over one thousand more, revitalising and transforming our gullies and reserves. We’ll also create new native areas.  

We know more native vegetation will make our city – and its people – stronger and healthier. We want to shape a healthy, vibrant and green city that future generations can protect and enjoy. 

Our vision is that nature thrives in Hamilton Kirikiriroa and nurtures us where we are.

Te toto o te tangata he kai, te oranga o te tangata, he whenua, he oneone.

Where are we at?

  • Planning

    2020 - 2021


    The initial programme plan is for the next 10 years and is funded by $29 million investment from the 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan.

  • Underway

    2022 - 2025

    Restoration Projects

    The first three years of the programme will restore nature at Donny Park/Kukutaaruhe Gully, Te Awa o Katipaki, and Mangakotukutuku Gully. Other priorities include increasing our number of volunteers, establishing baseline monitoring, and identifying new planting opportunities.


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The projects underpinning this programme


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Last updated 22 April 2024