September 27, 2022
Trees growing opportunities for rangatahi
A Murihiku social enterprise says its kaupapa is proof that commerce and environmental sustainability can go hand-in-hand.
In its first year Invercargill’s Te Kōhaka o Tāne nursery has grown, sold and planted more than 150,000 plants.
Te Tapu o Tāne chief executive Jana (pronounced – Jah-na) Davis -says it has also created about 30 jobs in growing and planting, working with the Billion Trees programme.
It’s looking to provide even more job opportunities, especially for rangatahi Maori.
“That’s why we’re set up to help provide pathways for rangatahi and where they can feel proud to be Maori every day,” Mr Davis says.
Te Tapu o Tāne’s next step is establishing a similar nursery in Central Otago.