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Pollinator Painting

Pollinator Park - Hakanoa Reserve

Butterfly Berm - Mitre10

Pollinator Painting - Tutanekai Reserve

Pollinator Park

Aerial photos of Grey Lynn Pollinator Park taken by Jason Dorday/Stuff, render by Andrea Reid


Original planting render designed by Andrea Reid


Aerial photo of the site taken 2 years after installation

Photo credit Jason Dorday/Stuff


Grey Lynn's first installation was constructed in Hakanoa Reserve October 2016. It creates a halfway point for pollinators travelling between Grey Lynn Park and Cox's Bay Reserve and is placed parallel to the new greenway path.


We worked closely with local community groups and neighbours to create the Pollinator Park located at 36 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn. 

It has a combination of different planting for different pollinators, specially designed bumble bee and leafcutter bee boxes and includes  a cascading masonry wall that has been filled by local children with a range of different materials that are specially picked to attract and home different pollinators. 


Key features of the site include:


  • Pollinator wall made of masonry bricks with a modular habitat design

  • Habitat material such as sticks, stones, straw, moss, pinecones, ceramic pipe,
    clay, sand, wood, cut bamboo etc. inserted into the pollinator wall

  • Bumble bee boxes and a live bumble bee colony at entrance

  • Leafcutter bee box with leafcutter bee cocoons inside

  • Empty bumble bee box to attract a wild bumble bee colony

  • Community coming together to create and maintain the park 

  • Signage that helps educate the public on pollinators and the project

  • Pile of sticks/logs collected from trimmed trees in the park to
    provide shelter for lizards and insects and perching room for birds.

  • Specific plants for each of the key pollinator types: birds, bees, butterflies, 

  • lizards, bats and other insects

  • Locally sourced rocks to provide sunbathing areas for lizards and places for insects to hide under.

  • Young existing Puriri tree retained - provides great winter sustenance for birds and flowers all year round.

  • Nikau trees at either end of the entrance to act as strong visual place markers for the birds.

  • Kowhai, nikau, kanuka feature trees for bird and insect pollinators.

  • Native Muehlenbeckia, Lobelia, Acaena and Coprosma ground covers to provide shelter for skinks and insects and suppress weed growth.

  • Combination of small to medium shrubs that are eco-sourced natives such as Hebe, Libertia, Corokia, Dianella, Phormium, Leptospermum and Anthropodium

  • Flowering perennials such as rosemary to attract bees

  • Swan plants for monarch butterflies 

  • Muehlenbeckia to clamber over and through the pollinator wall. This species provides necessary habitat for copper butterflies and provide a place for copper skinks and other insects to hide.

  • Local community library book box retained onsite

Funding was provided by the Waitemata Local Board and was completed in partnership with Gecko NZ Trust as our Umbrella Organisation. ​


Join our Pollinator Path Protectors Facebook group if you would like to be involved!


Original planting plan designed by Andrea Reid


Grey Lynn Pollinator Path

In 2016, Auckland Transport and the Waitemata Local Board started constructing the proposed Greenways Plan that will connect Coxs Bay Park and Grey Lynn Park.

The corridor will incorporate a walking and cycling path along with a planting programme to enhance the ecological connections between the parks in the road corridor.

A place making tool being proposed in Auckland Transport's new Greenways Guide is to provide better habitat along the greenways for pollinators.


This project aims to work in collaboration with Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and the Waitemata Local Board to provide habitat for pollinators throughout the new Greenways network.

The Hakanoa Reserve Pollinator Park was constructed in October 2016. 2 more installations are proposed along the route to be constructed in 2018 and 2019.




Aerial photo of the site taken 2 years after installation

Photo credit Jason Dorday/Stuff


Grey Lynn Park

Cox's Bay Reserve



Render designed by Andrea Reid


Grey Lynn's second installation is the 'Butterfly Berm' which will be completed later this year or early 2018 which will be the hub for butterflies in Grey Lynn. The Butterfly Berm will be situated outside Mitre10 and will link in with the planned Greenway walking cycling corridor that will attract hundreds of people each day.


The Butterfly Berm is on Auckland Transport’s land beside Mitre 10 on Westmoreland Street West. Auckland Transport are aware of the proposal and have provided in principle support. The current space is a grass berm that varies in width and runs approximately 130 meters along the wall of Mitre 10 to the main entrance. The design incorporates swan plants, butterfly feeders, tussocks, and muehlenbeckia. Educational signage will provide information on butterflies, plants and pollination.

  • Butterfly nectar feeders

  • Special plants for butterflies

  • Educational signage


The Mitre 10 Butterfly Berm will be made up of a range of plants specially designed for each type of butterfly. Many of our butterfly species in NZ need specific plants to be able to survive and thrive.


The planting in the area would include Muehlenbeckia that will climb up cables attached to the wall and tussocks and swan plants in an elongated planter box

The installation will provide habitat  for monarch, copper, blue and tussock butterflies. 


The project has received community grant funding, and will begin mid 2019.

This project is supported by the Moths and Butterflies Trust NZ.


We are currently working with a local Enviroschool to collaborate on this project.


The Pollinator Painting is an installation that creates crucial pollinator habitat for bees in Auckland.
The location is situated on the berm on the corner of Tutanekai Street and Dryden Street and the land is owned by Auckland Transport.

The new greenway is situated along Dryden Street and connects to the Grey Lynn Park on the other side of Dryden Street.

The installation provides crucial host plants for a range of Auckland bees in the form of a pasture painting which is created from a range of different coloured flowers inspired by existing work done by For the Love of Bees.

The seeds will be sown in a way that will not break the existing ground surface to avoid interfering with existing underground services.

The project has received community grant funding, and will begin late 2019.

This project is supported by For the Love of Bees - A City Bee Collaboration, who are working to educate the public about the threats to NZ’s bees. 

Renders designed by Andrea Reid



You too can have a pollinator installation in your community and be a part of the Pollinator Paths green revolution.

 Contact us about options for your pollinator installation,  and we will work with you and your local community to design a solution that will enhance your neighbourhood while connecting up Auckland's pollinator network. 



Hakanoa Reserve Pollinator Park

Photo credit Jason Dorday/Stuff