Te Whangai is a socio-environmental enterprise that harnesses skills of vulnerable people to restore waterways and wetlands. It was founded 13 years ago to address issues on climate change, water quality, social inclusion, poverty, and equity.
Through Community Training Hubs, trainees are instructed on how to source seeds, propagate native plants, and work with key stakeholders in the community.
To date, more than two million trees have been planted, and 656 people employed from the community. Te Whangai Trust has five hubs with two more in the pipeline. The Trust generates over 80% of its own income, drawing on the resources and knowledge of public, private, philanthropic and iwi partners. In removing traditional barriers to employment, some of NZ’s most vulnerable people are able to get work and develop a skillset.