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Published: 2014-02-28 00:00:00

Honda New Zealand’s latest annual donation of more than $11,000 to native tree planting in Waikato has taken its regional contribution to more than $220,000 in the past decade.

Waikato Honda branch manager Hamish Spall handed over the cheque to Waikato Regional Council chairperson Paula Southgate yesterday as part of a national programme run by Honda. The council administers applications for the money in Waikato

“This is a great win-win partnership for us both,” said Ms Southgate. “Honda is able to contribute to environmental protection while we undertake the work of ensuring the money goes to appropriate projects. The firm’s cash has made a real difference in our region.”

The Honda TreeFund pays for the planting of thirteen native trees for every new Honda car sold in New Zealand. The money buys New Zealand native plants whose planting supports activities such as establishing of native tree populations, water run-off control, erosion control, beautification projects, biodiversity protection and restoration, urban stream enhancement, and coastal protection.