• Funding for wilding control won't solve the bigger problem
    Wilding Free Mackenzie secures $510,000 community funding from the Department of Conservation for wilding pine control across the Mackenzie Basin and Upper Waitaki Catchment area. The funding is very welcome, and will buy us some time, but it is not enough to properly solve the wilding pine problem.
    Posted: Tuesday 5 September 2023
  • Students gift mahi to conservation in the Lake Ohau Basin
    Wilding Free Mackenzie and Ōhau Conservation Trust recently had an offer we couldn’t refuse – 78 members of the Canterbury University Student Volunteer Army (SVA) as volunteers for a day and a half!
    Posted: Wednesday 17 May 2023
  • Al Brown takes on pest pines in the Mackenzie Basin
    The war on wilding pines is being fought by multiple agencies, community groups, landholders, and other good people across Aotearoa and they came out in force to clear pest pines from an environmentally significant site on Ben Dhu Station near Ōmarama.
    Posted: Friday 5 May 2023
  • Free wilding pine slash disposal for Twizel residents this Easter weekend!
    Mackenzie District Council and the Envirowaste team are offering free disposal of wilding pine slash for residential landowners in the Twizel area this Easter weekend in an effort to reduce fire hazard and improve community safety.
    Posted: Thursday 6 April 2023
  • Free propagation workshop to support landowners battling wilding pines
    Landowners affected by wilding pine infestation in the Twizel area learn the skills required to collect their own seeds and grow their own plants, to encourage positive management of their land after the removal of wilding pines.
    Posted: Thursday 16 February 2023
  • Free plant propagation workshops
    We have been busy in February delivering plant propagation workshops to local landowners and communities affected by wilding pines. With the help of horticultural consultant Jo Wakelin, and funding from Wilding Pine Network, 21 lucky people learned how to propagate plants from seed, and are now much better equipped to manage their land in a positive way following the removal of wilding pines.
    Posted: Thursday 3 March 2022
  • Video: The Tipping Point Wines project - From concept to completion
    Learn more about the Tipping Point Wines project in this 6-part series documenting Al Brown's journey from concept to completion of the Tipping Point range. It focuses on entrepreneurialism while giving back to the natural environment, with Wilding Free Mackenzie featuring in episode 6, The Woodsman.
    Posted: Monday 4 October 2021
  • Announcement: Tipping Point Wines relationship
    We are delighted to announce the arrival of Tipping Point Wines, a new range of wines developed by New Zealand chef Al Brown and his winemaking friends, that focuses on giving back to the local New Zealand environment. Every purchase of The Woodsman pinot noir helps Wilding Free Mackenzie protect our stunning tussock landscapes through education, collaboration and giving wilding pines the chop!
    Posted: Monday 20 September 2021
  • Article: Are wilding pines useful for fighting climate change?
    Wilding pines are not a valuable tool when it comes to fighting climate change. Like all trees, they do sequester carbon, but their negative impacts on New Zealand's fragile ecosystems far outweigh any benefits they contribute to carbon sequestration.
    Posted: Friday 10 September 2021
  • Article: We are on track to a wilding free Mackenzie
    Understand how the issue of wilding pine invasion has gained traction in recent years, where things are at now, and the role landowners need to play in the fight against wildings
    Posted: Saturday 31 July 2021
  • Article: What's the problem with wilding pines?
    Learn why wilding pine invasion is such a threat to the economy, our precious native ecosystems and the safety and wellbeing of our communities.
    Posted: Wednesday 31 March 2021