Growing Trees for Graduates

20 August 2013

This Saturday (24 August) Victoria University staff and students will join forces with Wellington City Council to plant trees to honour students graduating from Victoria University this year.

Two young men on Te Ahumairangi Hill with saplings for planting.

Tree planting on Te Ahumairangi Hill

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Two thousand native trees will be planted on Te Ahumairangi Hill, off Orangi Kaupapa Road, in the first Growing Graduates tree-planting event. Each year, for five years, 2,000 trees will be planted on the Town Belt to celebrate Victoria University graduates.

The trees have been grown from locally-sourced seed by the Council’s Berhampore Nursery and include kanuka, manuka, tawa, matai and totara.

Funded by Victoria University Foundation, the Growing Graduates programme is designed to enhance the landscape and to mark the contribution Wellington’s graduates will make to their city - and beyond.

Amber Bill, the Council’s Our Living City Programme Manager, says Te Ahumairangi Hill has been a site of considerable restoration already following the loss of mature pine trees during the big storms of 2004. She says the continued restoration of this area is important for the city’s indigenous biodiversity.

“The Growing Graduates programme supports the Council in its Two Million Trees project to celebrate the restoration work carried out by the Council and the community and to continue to green the city,” she says.

Shelagh Murray, Executive Director of Victoria University’s Development Office and the Foundation, says the Growing Graduates programme creates a lasting connection between students, Victoria University and the city they study in.

“It also symbolises the qualities Victoria aims to produce in its graduates. Just as the graduates have gained knowledge and skills that will help them contribute to society and the world they live in, the trees will enhance the Wellington landscape and contribute to the wellbeing of the planet.”