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He Kākano Community Native Nursery

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About the nursery

He Kākano - A seed


Established in 2006, He Kākano is a community native plant nursery and educational resource for riparian restoration in the Whangārei area.

The nursery project began with Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rawhitiroa (TKKMo Te Rawhitiroa) students wishing to have an ongoing contribution to riparian restoration in their local area following participation in the Whitebait Connection Programme. With major support of Whangārei District Council (WDC) who provided the existing facility, He Kākano community nursery was established by the WBC in 2006 with a goal of active riparian restoration in the Whangārei area including propogation experience and community ownership.


Located in central Whangarei adjacent to the public fernery complex, He Kakano currently houses 100 m2 of irrigated shadehouse, several large potting tables and an outdoor hardening off area, all of which are provided by Whangarei District Council.

From these beginnings, He Kākano has produced hundreds of native plants for student initiated riparian restorations within the Whangarei catchment such as that along the banks of the Waitaua River, upstream of the Whangarei Falls.

Our stories

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Start your own community nursery

We have created these resources to help you start growing native plants in your own community. From seed collection to starting a nursery.

Seed Collection Guide

Setting up a native plant nursery

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Purchase plants

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Riparian restoration

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Private purchases

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Volunteer in the nursery

All welcome

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