Pa Harakeke, New Zealand invites you to participate in our Eco-Planting program to enable you to offset your personal carbon emissions and to help save our planet from the effects of Global Warming Yes where-ever in the world you may be, you can take advantage of this opportunity to help grow the world’s “Carbon Sink” and address Climate Change. If we each make a small contribution the impact will be huge on a global scale.
A Maori proverb that best encapsulates the ideal of sharing responsibilities is: Tou rourou, toku rourou, ka ora te Iwi. With your contribution and my contribution we will thrive
Carbon Offset Eco-Plantings
Pa Harakeke offers visitors the opportunity to purchase a Native New Zealand tree on-line from our Native Plant Nursery and have it planted on site at Pa Harakeke by our team of planting technicians. You will then be eligible to join the NZ Carbon Offset Club and receive discounts on Pa Harakeke products and activities. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter We therefore invite you to participate in our Carbon Offset Planting programme by selecting a tree from our Native Plant Nursery and have it planted on site by one of our staff. A tree planting ceremony will be conducted and includes the reciting of a karakia (prayer) to ensure the tree grows strong and healthy. A Carbon Offset Certificate is issued once the planting ceremony has been completed. Included on the certificate is the name of the tree and a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) co-ordinate to enable you to track the growth of the tree through the Internet via Google earth in the future. You will also be entered on our database and will receive updates and information about Pa Harakeke from time to time. Simply go to the Eco-Planting purchase page and follow the directions.
The Earth's climate is changing. Over the last 50 to 100 years, this process of change has sped up. It is largely recognised that the increasing amount of human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon monoxide, in our atmosphere is the reason the globe is warming at an unprecedented rate. The effects of this are already visible, and the changes ahead of us will be much larger and will happen more quickly than any recent natural climate variations. How we respond to climate change now will determine the shape of our future – our economy, environment, and communities. Increasing the world’s carbon sinks is one such response and one which can make a real difference
The concept of carbon sinks is based on the natural ability of trees, other plants and the soil to soak up carbon dioxide and temporarily store the carbon in wood, roots, leaves and the soil. Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Trees remove this air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates. Therefore planting trees to offset one’s carbon footprint created by burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil when travelling will help restore the balance
Maori Conservation & Sustainability
The Earth is known to Maori people as Papatuanuku or Mother Earth and the Sky or Heavens is known as Ranginui, the Sky Father. Therefore conservation and sustainability have been practiced by Maori for generations caring for both Papatuanuku and Ranginui. This practice can be summed up in the proverb “Toitu te marae a Tane, Toitu te marae a Tangaroa, Toitu te whenua” Care for the domain of Tane Mahuta (Guardian of the Forest) and Tangaroa (Guardian of the sea) and the land will sustain you The practice of returning the first fish caught to the guardian of the sea or giving the first of a food crop of a new season back to the guardian of the land is still common practice amongst Maori today.
Go to the Photo Gallery to view photos of Eco-Plantings at Pa Harakeke