The Rotary Peace, Remembrance and Community Forests Trust is a centennial initiative – marking the founding of Rotary in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1921. During the century, Rotary’s power has come from harnessing communities and volunteers to make a difference.
To celebrate a new century, Rotary Trees Trust is mobilising community participation at all ages, especially among young people, to plant millions of native plants over the next decade – and beyond.
This is to create native ecosystems that support the goal of a pest-free Aotearoa New Zealand and to help address climate change.  Planting is done by volunteers, working through community groups, with start-up funding through Te Uru Rākau – Forestry New Zealand's One Billion Trees Fund. The Rotary Trees Trust will initially support the planting of a
minimum of 200,000 eco-sourced native plants throughout New Zealand David Young reports on Wellington North’s participation in the project.  
 
On a calm sunny morning on August 7th, more than 200 native trees, Manuka, Kanuka, Matipo, Mahoe, Karamu and Koromiko, were planted in the Odell Reserve, a hilltop between Ngaio and Khandallah. A hard-working crew of Ngaio Scouts, their family members, Rotarians, and their friends made light work of the job which was completed in about an hour, in time for morning tea provided by Hilary Young. Adam Groenwegen, Park Ranger for WCC, organised and supervised the planting of the trees supplied by the Council. Many thanks to those who helped with this worthwhile
project.