Contact Energy

Contact Energy is a major landowner within the Greening Taupo area operating several geothermal power stations with associated infrastructure. Power production is the priority for any land it owns however parts of its land holdings are suitable for forest restoration. Contact is generally supportive of this project.

Contact has identified two areas which it will be undertaking planting of in the near future, which could be planted with native tall forest species. These occur between Wairakei and Taupo and will become stepping stones of native habitat in a priority ecological corridor. Contact has stated that the cheapest option would be to plant these areas in pine trees, while native trees will likely be at least four times the cost. Continued lobbying to Contact to plant this land with native forest species or offers of assistance e.g. coordination of a Greening Taupo community planting day may likely be required to persuade them.

Contact Energy also has an Environmental Enhancement Budget that could be accessed to contribute to native forest restoration for part of the Greening Taupo project, though they have been circumspect with elaborating more about the details of this. It also funds the Wairakei Charitable Trust. Contact staff are also given a day per year to volunteer to the community and it was suggested that staff volunteer days could contribute to Greening Taupo’s projects.

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You and your familty can get involved in Greening Taupō by participating in one of our Community Planting Days or getting stuck in right in your own backyard.  

who are we?

Greening Taupō has been established to improve the Taupō environment for the people and native wildlife - it's an opportunity to participate in a community conservation initiative.  Find out more or learn about 'the value of trees'


Check out the map for the project area that is nearest to you.  Areas have been identified across Taupō that form ecological corridors that are best suited to allow bird and other native wildlife to flourish.

our partners

Greening Taupō is pleased to have awesome support from the Taupō community.  Other key partners include Taupō District Council, Contact Energy and Wairakei Resort Taupō.  Find out more about our partners or become a partner.