Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust receives grant for expansion

Pictured: The Te Kakano nursery will be expanding, thanks to a grant from the Otago Community Trust.

Otago Community Trust has awarded Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust with a $7,800 grant to support phase one of their community-based nursery expansion project. The community group’s current nursery is suffering from the overwhelming success of Te Kākano.

The Trust has outgrown the nursery which was established 10 years ago with their seeds, plants, volunteers, school visitors and education programmes, all needing more space to operate within.

The design of the expansion has been finalised and the resource consent has been granted by Queenstown Lakes District Council.

This expansion will: increase the capacity of the nursery to produce plants by at least 50 percent, allowing Te Kākano to engage with the community in more planting sessions, further contributing to habitat restoration and the diversity of the eco-system in the Upper Clutha basin; provide improved facilities for the whole life cycle of the plants in the nursery, allowing better management of species, improving traceability and enhancing our ability to accurately report to supporters and the community with larger groups and increased visits; and provide more space and improved facilities to host community and education groups in the nursery, further supporting us to engage and educate the community.

The grant will also go towards the provision of a more robust sheltered area for nursery volunteers to protect them from the summer sun, and rain throughout the year. The connection to the community will be enhanced by offering more opportunities to open the nursery to interested groups, schools and stakeholders (DOC, QLDC, Iwi, water-interest groups, sponsors, local businesses, volunteers and their families)

The overall plan is to complete this expansion in phases over three to four years. The first phase delivers the capacity increase through expanding the footprint of the nursery, and the second phase the new building and supporting facilities.


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