When it comes to lending our communities a Helping Hand we are always excited to reach the end of the year and revisit one of our favourite causes – Trees That Count.

After 5 years of funding the planting of new trees our total number is now 526, which will remove about 120 tonnes of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere over 50 years.

Historically we have chosen for our Helping Hands Initiative to plant in areas local to our branches and the communities of our people – Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, but this year we collectively decided to approach things a little differently.

Each member of the UPSPS team was allocated 5 trees to plant in the location of their choosing bringing our total planters supported from 5 to 13 and spread far more around New Zealand.

We recognise that whole of this beautiful country is our collective community and we have a responsibility to preserve it, to protect it and to lend a helping hand wherever its needed.

It also shows how much of a diverse bunch the UPSPS team is; hailing from so many different places and with so many locations that are uniquely special to each of us.

The map below shows the spread of this years’ newly planted crop so be sure to ask the team why they chose a certain location – they have some great stories to share.

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If you’d like to view our profile on Trees That Count click here and if you are interested in funding new trees in the part of NZ that is most special to you, click here