Vector Urban Forest

Vector Urban Forest


This is the first time in over 30 years
in my experience that we’ve seen a storm of this magnitude, we lost 40% of our
network in just 15 minutes we got most of network back within two days but
parts of Auckland were out for much longer Trees are a problem during big storms.
The ground gets very wet and the wind blows the trees over and then bang, the powerlines are out because a tree’s fallen on them. Our climate modelling tells us that extreme wind events are going to
become more frequent We can’t stop climate change but we can do more to
protect ourselves from its effects. So we need trees and we also need electricity to homes and businesses. The question is how do we strike the right balance The urban forest is a very exciting
initiative for Vector – we’ve made a promise that we will plant two native trees
for every tree that we remove from our assets or to keep our customers safe. Planting trees is awesome because it improves our fresh water quality heaps imagine if it rains all the rainwater comes down the hill straight into the Manukau Harbour just there and all the tree roots they kind of take up all the excess nutrients and filter it. It’s crucially important that we protect our
reserves and waterways for the benefit of Auckland’s biodiversity Puhinui
Reserve is a very special natural area we know it’s an important spawning zone
for our native inanga, our whitebait. We hope through the Vector Urban Forest
initiative that we are demonstrating the how to be smarter and planting trees around powerlines and we know we helping to
to regenerate this wonderful city

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