Te Kakano Aotearoa

Environmental Improvement - Native plant nursery volunteer

Organisation Summary:

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. We have our own community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin. We support native habitat restoration in the Upper Clutha Basin and we work with local community groups, schools, organisations & businesses in the effort to promote hands-on community land care.

The nursery is managed and run by a Nursery Manager. We organise 2 weekly nursery sessions with volunteers and planting sessions in autumn and winter.


As a not-for-profit trust, we rely on the dedication of volunteers to help at the nursery and on our project sites. Our volunteers hail from all around the world and span all ages. We have support from awesome locals, tourists, youth groups, schools and businesses. Not only do they lend us a helping hand each year but they leave a permanent personal mark on the Wanaka landscape for generations to come. 

Volunteers play an integral part in our work and we welcome anyone interested in native habitat restoration. Help us re-build native habitats one plant at a time, get your hands dirty and enjoy being out in the fresh air. Your help can really make a difference. 

Tasks are varied! Helping prick out seedlings, potting on plants, weeding and planting. Plenty of opportunities to drink tea and coffee and share stories whilst taking part in this worthwhile project.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 1 hour.

Sessions take place each Tuesday and Wednesday for 3 hours – (9am to 12.00pm in the spring and summer, 1pm to 4pm in the autumn and winter) - subject to weather conditions. Generally we switch to winter hours on the 1st of April and back to summer on the 1st of October .

Planting sessions  take place in autumn and winter - on selected Saturdays.

Saturday sessions are generally 10am - 12pm, at a date and place advertised in the Messenger, on Facebook and our website.

Located in Wanaka.

Skills required:

A willingness to get involved, get your hands dirty and enjoy yourself.

Skills Gained:

Volunteers at Te Kākano enjoy spending time out in the fresh air in a stunning setting and meeting people from all walks of life. Volunteers can also take satisfaction in knowing they are contributing to habitat restoration. They can learn about local native plant species and how to propagate and take care of them.

For more information and updates follow them on Facebook and check their website out here.

(Environment, Conservation Gardening)

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon