Environment Centre and two nursery sites

Our EcoHub at 17 Lauderdale Road in Birkdale serves as our office, classroom and a meeting venue. The building is being demolished and rebuilt to become fit for purpose and help us achieve our vision.

Our main nursery is adjacent to our EcoHub and the Engine Bay Community Plant Nursery is on Bomb Point Drive in Hobsonville Point.

Every year, we eco-source, propagate and pot up tens of thousands of native plants to help restore the bush for our native birds, animals and plants, and remove carbon from our atmosphere. Our community-driven, chemical-free kaupapa is part of our regenerative, whole system approach.

We welcome weekly volunteers at both nursery sites.

EcoHub - a smart new Green Building on home soil

New EnviroHub

With 22 years in operation, we’re thrilled to commence the rebuild of our EcoHub in Birkdale into a smart new Green Building on home soil. On 15 April 2021 at dawn, we were privileged to have Karakia at the site, led by Matua Martin Te Moni from Ngāti Whanaunga and Adrian Pettit from Te Ākitai Waiohua representing iwi kaitiaki.

The new building with be large enough to realise the community’s goals of a bustling EcoHub of learning, plus one that demonstrates zero waste de/construction and green building. Learning will become more accessible and exciting, with a new classroom large enough to host up to 60 local school children at a time. 

Our Nursery and Teaching Garden will continue to operate during the time of construction, with no momentum being lost in what we do best. The expected completion date is February 2022.

We thank Kaipātiki Local Board for funding this exciting project, and to Auckland Council, Landscape Architect Carl Pickens, Aspec Construction and Athfield Architects for bringing the EcoHub to life.

Native plant nursery

17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale (temporary entrance between 58 & 60 Eskdale Road)

Our native plant nursery and teaching gardens have greatly expanded in recent years. Thanks to Kaipātiki Local Board we can now overflow plant production and storage into the reserve at the rear of the Environment Centre. Alongside new irrigation systems and a 16,000 litre rainwater tank we now produce 40,000+ new plants here annually. 

We plant the majority of the plants we produce each year into the local reserves. A small proportion of our plants are sold in bulk to various groups around Auckland. 

native plant nursery at birkenhead kaipaiki project

Engine Bay community nursery

Bomb Point Drive, Hobsonville Point 

We operate our second nursery at Hobsonville Point, which includes a small orchard tended to by the local volunteers. The plants grown here are being used to regenerate the weed-infested fringes of this peninsula, previously home to a historic air-force training base, and now a thriving sustainably developed new suburb. Around 10,000 plants a year are propagated here at the Engine Bay nursery close to the coastal walkway. 

hobsonville point community nursery
Iwi, Hapū, Community Nursery Network

With funding from Auckland Council Biosecurity, Kaipātiki Project initiated Iwi, Hapu, Community Nursery Network in the Auckland region. In addition to ongoing learning and support, this work will help us identify who’s growing which species, where and for what purpose, as well as what help people need in growing plants for their projects.

During our visits to various nurseries, we’ve learnt that people would like more support with how to get started in setting up a native plant nursery, how to grow once they're up and running, and how different nurseries can better support each other.

If you run, work in or plan to set up a native plant nursery in the Auckland region, please get in touch and join our Facebook. Individuals and organisations welcome.

Please see May 2021 Report here and June 2019 Report here.

Native plant nursery