Goals in sync

Community and sustainability goals in sync

At APL, our social and sustainability values are intimately tied. You can see that perhaps most clearly in our wholehearted support for community-based initiatives such as planting trees.

Love Your Water

As a major sponsor of Sustainable Coastlines (SC), an award-winning charity that engages volunteers and community groups in cleaning up New Zealand’s coastline and waterways, we’ve already backed three riparian planting projects in our region. Part of SC’s ‘Love Your Water’ programme, the trio of projects are all about protecting precious ecosystems and ensuring the water that eventually enters our oceans is as healthy as it can be.

Regenerating wetlands

In total 18,000 trees were planted during the three events, the bulk of them as part of the 2019 initiative with the Ngāti Hauā Mahi Trust and Waikato Regional Trust to reconstruct a wetland on a farm near Cambridge. We not only sponsored it, but APL staff and their families joined two school groups and others in three days of planting next to a tributary of the Karapiro Stream.

Mahi and mud

They were big days. Check out the video and you’ll see us getting stuck into the mahi – not to mention the mud. By the end of this particular event, 10,000 native trees, grasses and shrubs were in the ground.

Multiple benefits

Riparian planting projects like this brings multiple benefits, from filtering water and preventing erosion to moderating water temperature and providing food for aquatic insects. “We know that planting is one of the best things we can be doing for our environment,” says APL Executive Director, Sustainability, Mikayla Plaw.

Planting progress

In addition to our community efforts, we’ve planted more than 800,000 tussocks, native and non-native plants in permanent parkland at Takapoto Estate, south of Cambridge. One of the largest native forest planting initiatives in the country, Takapoto not only offsets carbon, it’s been a boon for the nearby Maungatautari Sanctuary Project by providing a new food source for the birds.  On top of this, 20% of our new Hautapu site has been dedicated to wetland and riparian planting, with over 12,500 trees and plants planted by our dedicated team already.