Marking the millionth tree milestone with Puriri planting

50 students took part in the millionth tree milestone. Photo supplied.

More than 50 Mission Heights Junior College Year 7 students joined 250 other volunteers at Totara Park last week to support Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s pledge to plant 1 million trees in the Auckland region.

The planting of a puriri marked the millionth tree milestone.

Goff thanked the volunteers and organisations across the city who worked to deliver the project. “Putting a million trees in the ground was always going to be an ambitious undertaking but Aucklanders have come together to make our city a better, greener place to live. It’s exemplified people power, and the love Aucklanders have for their environment,” he said.

MHJC’s Enviroschools Leader Dino Gardi says students willingly rolled up their sleeves to positively contribute to a more sustainable world.

“Students were buzzing about the day and are keen to do more. This project, environmental sustainability and the broader Matariki subject are significant to our learning context for this term, bringing together the research students have already been undertaking.”