date: Thursday 14th november 2019

9am Pōwhiri

This event will give people an opportunity to come visit us at our nursery and learn about our experiences and journey from the beginning to where we are now. We will have our staff on board to help answer any questions you may have so that you can go back to your whānau and begin the conversation of your own Marae-based taiao restoration initiatives.

Everyone welcome to come and have a listen and a look at what we get upto!

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Pūniu River Care Inc. & Waikato Regional Council


Waikato Regional Council came out for a visit to connect with us to help understand who we are and what we are about. Creating a good relationship with councils is important to us to be able to supply them with eco-sourced native pants for the region

PRC at Momentum waikato showcase

date: wednesday 7th November 2018

In 2017, Pūniu River Care were one of three recipients to receive funding from the Vital Signs Grant apart of the Vital Impact Programme.

This showcase was to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements accomplished in the past year. It was fantastic to hear of the success stories and the positive impact that the funding has done for Ka Pai Kai and Zeal and how it has enabled them to grow.

For PRC, this funding really projected us to the next level and enabled us to increase our productivity in plant production and capacity. Shannon highlighted one of our values “KOHĀ - LIMITLESS GENEROSITY ACKNOWLEDGING THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE” which can clearly be seen and is reflected through the generosity in which Momentum Waikato and everyone involved actively display.

Images by Mike Walen, Momentum Waikato



Thanks to the awesome marketing team from Te Wānanga O Aotearoa for coming out and volunteering some quality hours! Together with PRC they planted a massive 3,000 trees along our Awa. 

We are so grateful to have such kind hearted people support us who not only help out by volunteering their time to come outdoors and plant some trees but who have also let us share their work space. Pūniu River Care Inc. have an amazing office space thanks to these guys who have welcomed us in, enabling PRC to effectively run our office operations.

He tino pai tō mahi!!

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3,000 trees planted

10 Volunteers


Pūniu Ora Worskhop

Date: Thursday 30th November 2017

A yearly event where we welcome the community to come along and see what we have been up to throughout the year

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Community Propagating Day 2017

date: Sunday 17th september 2017

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Come along and get amongst it as we begin propagating our plants for next year! The Crew have 200,000 plants to produce and we need your help! 

Pūniu River Care Germinate, Propagate, Grow and Plant our own native trees which are all locally sourced from seed. It is a cultural process that we value and want to share with others to help establish the same connection.

Register below and we will See you there!

Kihikihi School "Love Your Water" Presentations

date: 6th & 7th September 2017

We had the pleasure of visiting Kihikihi School this week with Te Kawa from Sustainable Coastlines. He's here to help support our Kaupapa and educate our local people about fresh water and what we can all do to help out our rivers and streams! 

Further to the theory of being taught the importance of trees for our waterways, we have invited the community to come to our nursery for a propagating day in September! 

Pukeatua School Planting

date: 24th august 2017

Thanks to the kids from Pukeatua school that came down with their spades to help us out with planting at a site near their school by Maungatautari. An awesome effort from these experts who had recently been planting along another waterway in the area! Great to see the practice of science outside of the classroom.

This site is being planted and prepped for a Reconstructed wetland project for Tuna Habitat, which will begin early next year. 

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100 Trees Planted

16 volunteers


A great turnout for our Matariki PLanting Day 2017!

Date: 15th july 2017

Today was our first community planting event and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. After an H&S briefing and a quick photo, we all headed across the wetland where a site had been set up for our planting. Manuka, Karamu and Harakeke were planted today with a goal to plant 50 each! We would like to thank each and every one of you that came out to help! It was great to see so many smiles and laughs while carrying out some amazing mahi!

Up until now, all of our planting work has been carried out by our Mahi Tauira Kaitiaki. To understand the importance of getting the community involved is to see everyone in action and feel the love and support that so many are giving. Pūniu River Care has received nothing but support and love from our people and it was incredible to see the amazing efforts from all of our tamariki. We encourage more people to get involved with these planting events and any contribution means so much to us and our Awa. We cannot clean our awa alone but when we work together, we can achieve so much more!

“Ma tau rourou, ma toku rourou ka ora ai te awa”

“With your basket and my basket we will reinvigorate our awa”

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1,000 trees planted

24 volunteers


Matariki Planting Day 2017

Date: Saturday 15 july 2017

In light of Matariki 2017 which marks a new year for Maori, we have an event coming up during the school holidays! A good chance to get the kids outside to do some planting and connect with nature! 

If you are interested, please register below so that we know how many gloves and spades to bring along :) 

Waipa Earth Champions

Date: 1st June 2017

PRC helped out at Waipa Earth Champions, learning from the kids about the fantastic initiatives that they are practicing at their own schools. Enviro students from 8 schools around the Waipa came together to share their knowledge and learn a few new things along the way. In our rotation, Quinton and Shannon talked about the importance of eco sourced seed collecting and it was fantastic to see what these kids already knew! They particularly liked the challenge of exploring to find the seeds and even recognized some of these native trees from their own backyard!

Waipa Earth Champions is run by Enviroschools, who help connect schools to local environmental organisations. Its great to see so many kids exploring new ways to create a sustainable future.

A few Questions from the Kids:

What Inspires you to do this? 

Shannon: His kids, and all of the children that would like to safely swim in our rivers 

How many trees have we planted?

Shannon: Around 25,000 trees have been planted  by Pūniu River Care

Where do we Plant these trees?

Shannon: Mainly in the catchment but sometimes we plant outside of the catchment in the Waikato

Advice from the kids:

Did you know that you can make a chimney out of a Cabbage Tree?!



The Waiora Workshop was held at Mangatoatoa Marae to enable local hapū to be involved in the enhancement of the Pūniu River.

From this event, Pūniu River Care were able to capture history and stories from the local people and pinpoint significant locations along the catchment.  Whanau gathered to listen to our speakers and were able to learn more about our Vision and Mission to better understand the Kaupapa of Pūniu River Care Inc. A freshwater display was set out with fish and tuna displays and exciting information on excellent eels for the kids to enjoy!

We displayed our 2017 activities calender, where many whānau put their hand up to help out where they could. Some activities included planting, propagation, business development,  tuna research, events and Project clean up. It was so awesome to see everyone interested and willing to donate their valued time and skills!

With support from Sustainable Coastlines, Te Kawa Robb and James Bailey came along to help facilitate the event and catering services were provided by The Department of Corrections.   

With constructive discussions and positive outcomes, this workshop was a success and a great way to finish the year. We now have a database of people and a few historic stories to better help us out on our Mission!