Community support of Project Gold ensures a golden future for Otago. Find out what's happening in your community.

Pupil with kowhai seedlings.
Young kowhai seedlings in tray

Want to be involved? You could start a Project Gold site at your local park or reserve, on your farm or station, in your backyard, or your school grounds.

Or you could join a volunteer group that already has a Project Gold kōwhai site. Find out how to grow and care for kowhai.

If you have green fingers or are just interested in kōwhai trees and would like to help out, contact your local DOC office or check out Project Gold planting events in your area.

Wakatipu Reforestation Trust

The trust is the brainchild of local conservationists Barb and Neil Simpson. The Jean Malpas Community Nursery is the hub of their efforts and also provides a base for educational activities.

Supported by hundreds of volunteers, their work on Pig and Pigeon Islands on Lake Wakatipu has seen the islands revegetated with natives providing a haven for native species. The aim of the trust is to broaden this work into the wider Wakatipu basin and engage the community to create wildlife corridors.

As part of Project Gold, DOC Wakatipu has partnered with the trust to employ a volunteer coordinator who works across native revegetation projects in the Queenstown area.

Visit Wakatipu Reforestation Trust on Facebook or the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust website.

School involvement

Remarkables, Queenstown, Arrowtown and Glenorchy Primary Schools have done kōwhai propagation workshops with Jo Wakelin from Otago Polytechnic. Huge thanks to Jo for volunteering her time to do this! 

Cromwell School pupils planting kowhai. Photo: DOC.
Cromwell Primary School pupils planting kowhai

Make a donation

Project Gold is a non-profit project. You can make a donation, knowing this will help us to achieve our goals. You are guaranteed your donation will go towards the renewal and protection of kōwhai trees in Otago.

If you or your company would like to become a sponsor, contact your local DOC office.

If you can’t sponsor the project but are keen to adopt a site or get involved then contact your local DOC office to find out about opportunites.

Contact your local DOC office

Dunedin Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 474 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   50 The Octagon
Postal Address:   PO Box 5244
Moray Place
Dunedin 9058
Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Office
Phone:   +64 3 442 7933
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Cavells Building
1 Arthurs Point Road
Postal Address:   PO Box 811
Queenstown 9348
Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 443 7660
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
Kā Moana Haehae / Alexandra Office
Phone:   +64 3 440 2040
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   43 Dunstan Road
Alexandra 9320
Postal Address:   PO Box 176
Alexandra 9340
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