In pursuit of a pristine environment

An image of a team working on a stream mitigation programme.

A team working on a stream mitigation programme.

An image of local kaumatua telling the history of the planting site.

Local kaumatua telling the History of the Planting Site.

Over the last century and a half the industrial revolution and demand for cheap food s has placed unsustainable pressures on our environment.  The cost and time to mitigate the damage to achieve  acceptable environmental outcomes into a fifty year time frame, if we continue to expect industry and agriculture sectors of the economy to meet that cost alone. Environmental responsibility starts in the community with the choice of lifestyle and products consumed. Business reacts to this choice out of necessity to remain economically sustainable.


Our welfare system when compared to other western economies has demonstrated that putting increasing amounts of funding into desired outcomes doesn’t necessarily create better results.   New Zealand’s welfare system, the most generous in western economies was designed as short stop gap to support whanau through periods of disadvantage and to gain new employment. However over time a sector of our community has become dependent welfare’s financial support.  Despite this financial generosity we have one of the worst social outcome statistics among fellow western economies.


With each sector of community collectively taking responsibility for our environment supporting each other in a collaborative manner,  we discover latent resources that are of huge importance in supporting the achievements of outcomes from quite diverse community sectors.


Just recently we had news of a combination of a child care center housed in a in a retirement home had huge benefits for both groups of participants.  Te Whangai partnership with New Zealand Steel shows how a corporate’s resources and environmental mitigation needs evolved into a collaborative partnership.  Environmental needs are more economically attainable  while at the same time creating opportunity for people to train and participate with a nurturing platform managing  life challenges and developing skills that leads to sustainable employment.  The collaborative opportunities are limitless and only restricted by our inability to create and hold a space where win situations can be attained in a truly co-operative manner.

Our Environmental Services

Welcome to Te Whangai’s Environmental Services.


Te Whangai Environmental services has bases serving Auckland, Waikato, and Coromandel regions and specializes in supplying Eco-sourced native plants and associated landscaping services.


We are one of the few organisations that can supply a project-wide service, including:

  • Project Management
  • Site preparation
  • Native (Eco sourced) plant supply
  • Planting Service
  • Maintenance/releasing
  • Weed removal


More information about Environmental Services via email.

Environmental Services crew at Oakley Creek, Auckland

What is your sustainability policy?

Te Whangai was established to achieve sustainability within the welfare system at the same time providing the environment with goods and services. Te Whangai’s vision is to replace New Zealand’s current welfare system with a sustainable alternative. Te Whangai’s formal sustainability policy is currently under development.

Why is Eco-sourcing so important?

To keep the native plants in a geographical area pure. Te Whangai Miranda, for example, has permission from local iwi to access Tribal land for Eco-sourcing seeds.

What do you look for in a potential Te Whangai location?

We look for areas with high levels of (disadvantaged) unemployment and/or social need.  We look for areas of low employment and negligible social infrastructure in a rural environment. Where families with complex and multiple needs cannot access services for their circumstances.  A Te Whangai nursery set up in an area like this can help develop a safe and vibrant rural community for future generation

Native Plant Nurseries & Plant Supply


Te Whangai now operates three nurseries, supplying wholesale native trees, shrubs and grasses for projects within the Auckland, Waikato and Coromandel regions. Te Whangai now has the capability to producing 500,000 native trees annually for projects within their respective communities. Each of our nurseries is training and education platforms for long term unemployed and those at risk is the community.


Services we offer:

  • Free advise – Consultancy – Quoting
  • Supply of Eco-sourced native plants
  • Supply of Landscaping type native plants
  • Project Management
  • Contract growing
  • Environmental services

Our Nurseries


Miranda, Hauraki, North Waikato

Located in Miranda the original/pilot nursery platform was established in 2007. From a bare paddock and through a recession the Miranda nursery has turned into one of the areas leading nurseries supplying up to 200,000 eco-sourced native trees to the Coromandel and North Waikato region/market.



Miranda nursery propagates all Te Whangai seedlings. The nursery will specialize in growing Eco-sourced plants for projects with Auckland, Waikato, and Coromandel regions.





New Zealand Steel Nursery – Glenbrook South Auckland

The NZS nursery was established in 2013 in partnership with New Zealand Steel. The model was replicated from the Miranda nursery model with a corporate investor. With the nursery producing up 150,000 native trees we have the capacity to supply New Zealand Steel with enough trees required for their mitigation services as well as supplying trees for projects within the Auckland region.



Huntly Nursery – Huntly, Waikato

The Huntly nursery opened in 2023 with capacity to produce up to 90,000 plants for projects with Waikato region.


For more information on our any of nurseries or plant supply, please contact us via email.