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2012 Living Legends planting events start soon. Register now for an event near you – it's free!

To celebrate New Zealand’s hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2011, 17 Rugby Legends joined thousands of volunteers to plant 83,000 native trees throughout New Zealand.

Living Legends: Where the field meets the forest.In 2012, Living Legends returns to 17 locations to plant another 45,000 trees, and you're invited to come and help. You'll get to meet some locals, learn about how important the natural environment is to our kiwi lifestyle, and hear the amazing stories of our people and places.

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Meet a New Zealand rugby legend and help plant a living legacy.

Meet a Rugby Legend

The following Rugby Legends will be playing their part:

  • Sir Colin Meads (Taupo)
  • Tane Norton (Canterbury events in Christchurch and Ashburton)
  • Kevin Laidlaw (Invercargill)
  • Duane Monkley (Lake Areare in Waikato) 
  • Ian MacRae (Napier)
  • Ian Eliason (New Plymouth)
  • Richie Guy (Whangarei)
  • Kees Meeuws (Dunedin)
  • Sam Strahan (Manawatu)

Leaving a legacy - 170,000 trees before the end of 2015

Living Legends is a community conservation project that was set up in 2011 to leave a legacy of New Zealand’s hosting of Rugby World Cup. It’s a five year project and the target is to plant 170,000 trees before the end of 2015.

Each planting project is dedicated to a regional ‘Rugby Legend’ who was selected in 2011 by their provincial rugby union. These Rugby Legends are people who have made an outstanding contribution to rugby in New Zealand.

Living Legends is a joint venture of Project Crimson, an environmental charity with 20 years experience in community-based native restoration projects and The Tindall Foundation. DOC has been a partner of Project Crimson since 1990 and we are thrilled to be a major sponsor of Living Legends, along with Meridian Energy.

A nationwide planting project of this scale will benefit New Zealanders for generations. Living Legends plantings will enhance some of our most special parks and reserves throughout New Zealand, these are places where we reflect, refresh and can escape the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Trees play an important role in moderating our climate, improving our air quality, providing homes for native wildlife and landscapes for us to enjoy.

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