Experience nature as it was meant to be

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The Te Urewera Rainforest Restoration Project is the result of a chance meeting between Andrew Morten and Joe Doherty in 2007. Seated next to each other at lunch at the New Zealand travel fair TRENZ, the talk soon turned to trees. Andrew was seeking a place for the clients of TravelEssence to plant trees. Joe was seeking trees to plant on Maori owned lands that had been subjected to large scale milling of the largest and most precious podocarp trees like rimu, matai, miro, totara and kahikatea. Perfect.

In 2008 the Te Urewera Rainforest Restoration Project was born, with the first trees planted in November 2008. Since that time the project has focused on planting and managing these native podocarp trees in areas where they have been milled and have not regenerated.

As of 7 August 2011 our clients have planted 1851 trees, and more than NZ$9,000 has been donated towards the ongoing maintenance of these trees through watering, fencing and pest control.

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We would like to thank the following people for their generous contributions:

  • Aad & Wil Niesten
  • Aart & Corrie Aarsbergen
  • Agnes Brinkhoff
  • Anja Zijlema & Bauke de Haan
  • Anky Beek & Jan Boer
  • Anne-Marie & Herman Dik
  • Annemarie Visser
  • Arjo & Chantal de Bruin
  • Arnold & Jeanette Sikking
  • Audrey, Rudolph & Eleonore Breijman
  • Auke Hulst & Eveline
  • Babs & Garhard Schuur
  • Beatrijs Springveld & Mark Alkema
  • Bernadette Snoek & David van Buuren
  • Bernadette van Hulsen & Joop Haverkort
  • Bert & Dini Hagewoud
  • Bert Fakkel & Zwaantje Bos
  • Bonnie & Roelof Olthof and Gert & Marja Datema
  • Carla & Gerrit Kamstra
  • Catharina De Lange & Gerrit de Lange
  • Charlie Lam & Katga Warmenhoven
  • Christ & Bianca Ruijs
  • Coen Martinus & Roel Blomsma
  • Cor & Ingrid de Jongh
  • Corrie van Dijk and Mr. Hans Schuiling
  • David & Leni Reinhoudt
  • Dick & Ans Peters
  • Dick & Ria Bode
  • Doherty family members
  • Edwin, Esther, Jesper & Yari van Kooten Niekerk
  • Emile van der Berg & Marja Kuusisto
  • Erik & Marijke Bodenstaff
  • Esmee van den Berg Cornelius & Michel Hardeman
  • Family van Kooten Niekerk
  • Ferko de Jong & Sietske de Jong
  • Filipe, Margaret, Eva en Samuel Freire
  • Flip & Henny Tromp
  • Frank & Lea Eikhout
  • Frank & Sacha Hogeterp
  • Frank & Victoria Schulkes
  • Frank & Wilmie Oesterholt
  • Frank Bijlefeld & Marlies Zijlstra
  • Frans & Marianne Machielsen
  • Gaby Wehle, Susanne Stratz & Katja Gutschmidt
  • George & Anneke Coster
  • Ger Altena & Marijke Altena
  • Gerard & Ditty Caous
  • Gerard & Maria Wagenaars
  • Gerard, Ria, Martine & Eline van Amstel
  • Gerd & Gerriane van Leeuwen
  • Gerda de Graaff & Gerard Jansen
  • Gerrit & Tonny Lobeek
  • Gerrit van der Bijl & Rini den Elzen
  • Gerrit-Jan Methorst
  • Gery & Anny Morssinkhof
  • Hanneke Burgers & Arno Huijsdens
  • Hans & Jacobi Hoolmans
  • Hans & Petra van Langeveld
  • Hans & Truus Fast
  • Hans Onrust
  • Harm & Ria Bruins Slot
  • Harm & Yvonne Swierenga
  • Harry & Ina Wezenberg
  • Helene Assenberg & Frank de Zwart
  • Henk & Jannie Zwier
  • Henk & Joke van der Gronde
  • Henk & Rie Wassink
  • Hoogland Family
  • Huube & Renkje Hoefsloot
  • Iloni & Ard Wessels
  • Irma & Bram de Bruin
  • Jacqueline Korthals & Rumen Bozkov
  • Jan & Ineke Willemsen
  • Jan & Jessica
  • Jan & Marian Peeters
  • Jan & Nel Slot
  • Jan Hop, Judith Hop, Jan Petersen, Jantje Petersen & kids
  • Jan Kroeze, Annigje Blom & Antje Kroeze
  • Jan Willem Visser, Marietje Varwijk, Joost Visser & Hans Visser
  • Jan, Henriette & Nicolien van der Poel
  • Jean Wadela
  • Jeanette Ligtenberg & Nicolet Gruters
  • Jeroen Leenderts, Cedrique Deckers & Richard van der Ben
  • Jerrold Manock, Yas Matsui & partners
  • Joanna Egan
  • Joe Doherty
  • Johan Verveld & Reina Verveld-Kwast
  • Johannes & At Bergen
  • John Andrews, Barbara Keane, Carla Wild & Carol Banks
  • Joost & Ilona Heres
  • Jop Berkhout & Iris Paape
  • Karolina Hulshof & Ankie van Beem
  • Keely-Ann Semler
  • Kees & Lydia van Kralingen
  • Kees Buizer & Willy Kleijn
  • Kerry Limmer
  • Kim van der Maas & Marijn Otte
  • Koos & Bea Bakema
  • Kristi & Wouter Houtman
  • Laurens Barendregt & Michael Fley
  • Leez Parker
  • Leo & Mieke van der Aar
  • Lex & Frederiek van der Sommen
  • Lina & Derek den Tek
  • Lotte Vonke & Stefan van Dongen
  • Lucas & Ineke Maas
  • Lucie & Hendrik Bosch
  • Maartje Winkel, Torsten Ruiter & Iselin Ruiter
  • Manuela Peter
  • Marc Vermuelen & Anke Vroomen
  • Marcel and Mrs Margaretha Steenhouwer
  • Marcel van Alder & Reggy Rumawatine
  • Marco Lucas Sanne Lucas Chantal Pesch & Floortje Lucas
  • Margreet & John Oppelaar
  • Mariann Keizer & Henk Aaftink
  • Marianne & Erik de Wijk
  • Marianne Winter & Jeroen Siecker
  • Mariette Timmermans & Wilbert Wagemans
  • Marjolijn & Gerard Hulsenbeck
  • Marjorie & Anne de Groot
  • Mark, Anne & Tristan van Rossem
  • Markus Stein, Claudia Franz & Berthold Steinhilber
  • McManus family members
  • Mieke van Gils & Michael Kessler
  • Mischa Conijn & Ivar van Veldhuizen
  • Moniek van Peperstraten & Harold Verkuijlen
  • Nico & Karin Bemelmans
  • Nicole Mastenbroek & Sander Huetink
  • Nora de Nas & Gre van Essen
  • Nygard family members
  • Paul & Marry Zandveld
  • Paul Beelen, Maria Kerkvliet, Jeanette Beelen & Jacob Van der Voorn
  • Paul Dinjens & Mieke van Baasbank
  • Peter Terpstra
  • Peter von Aesch & Marieke Oonincx
  • Piet, Frieda, Lisanne en Jorn Van Gaever
  • Pieter & Annelies Donga
  • Pieter & Froujke Buijs
  • Pieter Wapperom & Rini Bras
  • Randolf & Eveline Augustus
  • Rene & Netty Duifhuizen
  • Renetta Fransens Olaf Mats & Diede Kistenmacher
  • Richard Hammond
  • Riekelt Visser, Jaap Kramer, Albert Romkes & Albert Wakker
  • Rineke Smit & Hans de Haas
  • Robbert Bakhuijsen & Myrna Brussel
  • Robby & Heidi Borghys
  • Robin van Olst & Everdina van Rijn
  • Roel & Tineke Vonk
  • Rolf Voesenek & Annemieke Eijpe
  • Ron Schoutrop
  • Ronald Hensen & Daphne Schotborgh
  • Ruud & Joke Oltmans
  • Ruud & Marjan Prijs
  • Sikkens Family
  • Simon & Siska Wolf
  • Simon Biersteker & Anneke van Egmond
  • Sjirk & Lammigje Sipkema
  • Sjoukje & Heino Jager
  • Sonny van Crutchen & Colette Eilers
  • Susanne Hafkamp & Nico Padding
  • Tanja & Mischa Courtin
  • Te Rauna family members
  • Teun Bakker & Marian Tersteeg
  • Thijs & Carla Kannegieter
  • Tom & Anky van Weezenbeek
  • Tom Degefors & Ursula Schlenker
  • Tom O'Neill
  • Ton & Riet Rutting
  • Victor van der Lelij & Magda Pleijte
  • Wim Lucas & Hannie Roemers
  • Wouter van Leeuwen & Ellie Koelman