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Ōtaki Carbon Forests
Ngā Ngahere Waro o Ōtaki

Trees to help us reach our goal.

Trees soak up carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is the most common green house gas and a major cause of global warming.

Our aim is to make the town  'carbon neutral' by 2035. To do that we need to reduce the amount of carbon produced by our residents and industry and plant trees to absorb what is left.

By our calculations, planting a minimum of 32 hectares of carbon-eating trees will be needed to absorb the carbon that Ōtaki won’t be able to stop producing. 

We also want the trees to enhance the town’s biodiversity – making a richer food source for birds and insects and improving the health of our water and soils.  

So the trees need to be mainly native but with some other types too where selective logging is desirable, or just to add to the town’s beauty. 

We welcome partners for planting, on private and public land. We can draft up agreements with you including how each forest will be managed and how any ‘carbon credits’ will be shared. 

Let us know if you are planning to do your own planting so we can add your forest to the town’s total.

  • When is the next Great Bike Giveaway and Fix-it Session?
    Watch this space! Dates pending. Meanwhile, here are photos from our last Great Bike Giveaway and Repair Day.
  • When is your next repair session for volunteers?
    Thank you for your interest! We'll post this as soon as the date is confirmed. Meanwhile, please feel free to email Kirsty at
  • Can anyone get a bike? Is it free?
    Yes! Koha is appreciated.
  • Do you want my bike? Where can I drop it off?
    Is your bike in pretty good condition? Needing no or only minor repairs? Then yes please. You can bring your bike/s to Energise Ōtaki's office between 10am-2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Or if that's not possible, email Kirsty to arrange a pick-up.
  • I'm not sure if my bike is in good enough condition. How do I find out?
    If you think your bike might need more than a minor repair, please send us a photo or a description of it. That will help determine if it is worth repairing salvaging for parts or sending to recycling.
  • Do I have to know how to repair bikes to volunteer?
    No! There's a job for everyone.
Ngā mihi to Ōtaki Carbon Forests funders and sponsors.
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