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Bupa creates legacy forests with 25,000 native trees

Date: 24 Jul 2023

Encourages local community to register for planting events in their area

Bupa New Zealand, in partnership with Trees that Count, will add another 10,000 native trees to three legacy forests around the country, creating natural assets for local communities and generations of New Zealanders.

Trees That Count

The 10,000 trees to be planted this year at legacy forest locations in Hamilton, Napier and Christchurch add to 15,000 trees planted at these same sites last year: Pirimai Walkway Planting Project in Napier, Waiwhakareke Heritage Park in Hamilton, and the Te Ara Kākāriki Project in Christchurch.

Each legacy forest is intended to create green spaces for the use and enjoyment of future generations, and are part of Bupa’s commitment to help create a better world through sustainable action. The projects also welcome the participation of local communities who can join Bupa to plant native trees on specific days and help contribute to New Zealand’s biodiversity, health and wellbeing, and combating climate change.

Bupa Managing Director, Pedro Sánchez, say, “Creating legacy forests for all New Zealanders to enjoy is part of our commitment to reducing our impacts and improving the health and wellbeing of people and the natural environment.

“There are significant links between Bupa’s mission of helping our residents live longer, happier healthier lives and the positive impacts of native trees for the health and wellbeing of local communities.

“We all have a role in protecting this country’s biodiversity and supporting our local communities, and we want as many people as are able to join us in August to plant 10,000 native trees for future generations of New Zealanders to enjoy,” says Sánchez.

Project Crimson’s Head of Partnerships & Development, Melanie Seyfort is looking forward to another successful year of planting events.


“Together with Bupa we are creating meaningful environmental change in our communities with the development of our legacy forest.”

Project Crimson’s Head of Partnerships & Development, Melanie Seyfort


The first planting event for the year will be in Pirimai Walkway Planting Project in Hamilton Saturday 19 August, followed by Christchurch Sunday 20 August and Napier Saturday 2 September.  

The Bupa Foundation, which has been operating in Australia since 2005, has invested more than $36m (AUD) in over 130 different health and care projects and organisations.


Trees That Count

For more information and to get involved in one of the community planting projects

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