The Honda Forest

Artist Impression of the Honda ForestAnother Regeneration Project.

Thanks to a partnership between the Waimakariri District Council and motor vehicle manufacturer, Honda, a parcel of lowland forest is being restored to the former redzone site currently known as the Regeneration Kaiapoi East Area.

Honda established the Treefund in 2004 and since then has been involved in the planting of more than 650,000 trees nationwide. Fortunately the Regeneration Kaiapoi East Area is now a major benefactor of this initiative.

The Honda Forest will cover 3.2 hectares surrounding the wetlands of the Beswick Stormwater Management area. The forest will include podocarp species such as Kahikatea and other lowland species of plants back to Kaiapoi. The Honda Forest Infographic

Kahikatea (Dacrycarpus Dacrydioides), is New Zealand’s tallest tree which grows to a height of 60 metres or more, and can live for several hundred years.

To establish the Honda Forest, there will be community planting days over the next four years concluding in 2023.

The first planting day in May 2019, included a blessing and turning of the soil ceremony, involving Mayor David Ayers and Managing Director of Honda NZ, Nobuya Sonada.

Once the forest starts to establish, walking tracks will be added. The forest will have an entrance on Charles St.