One of the best parts of flying around New Zealand is the view. So we're helping to improve it at the Ngati Awa Heritage Estate, where we're supporting the reforestation of 350 hectares of culturally significant land.

But there's more to it than just adding to the scenery.

Reducing the risk of flooding and erosion

The Ngati Awa Heritage Estate has been heavily degraded due to clearing and overgrazing, resulting in land slippages, erosion and diminished water quality.

The site has being replanted with a mixture of native species and exotics and these new trees will soon get the land back the way it was meant to be.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

We all know trees are good for the environment, soaking up carbon from the atmosphere in return for fresh oxygen.

At Jetstar we already meet our mandatory carbon offsets. We've chosen to voluntarily extend our commitment to fresh air and New Zealand, by restoring a slice of our spectacular landscape.

Giving Kiwis a safe home

The reforestation project backs onto one of New Zealand's largest kiwi sanctuaries, the Ohope Scenic Reserve.

In partnership with local council and the Department of Conservation, revegetation at Ngati Awa Heritage Estate will provide shelter, breeding areas and food sources for the kiwis. An extra 3km of new fencing and strategic pest management will keep the new plantation in perfect condition for native wildlife visitors.

Support for Ngati Awa

The Ngati Awa Heritage Estate reforestation project is part of a Ngati Awa multi-generational project spanning 100 years.

Through looking after culturally-significant archaeological sites (dating back more than 1,000 years) and planting kahikatea and totara trees for cultural carving projects; the Estate will generate ongoing economic, educational and tourism benefits for the wider community.

How can you help the project? 

Choose the 'Fly Carbon Neutral' option when you book your next flight!

You'd be surprised – it doesn’t cost as much as you may think. For instance, if you fly return from Auckland to Wellington, you can fly carbon neutral for only NZD $1.42. We then pass this contribution on to the Ngati Awa Heritage Estate reforestation project, which helps prevent land degradation and remove emissions from the atmosphere.

View the Fly Carbon Neutral Programme Terms and Conditions for more information.

Here for good

At Jetstar we are concerned about climate change and we take our environmental and social responsibilities seriously. We are working hard to reduce our own environmental footprint through continual improvements to fuel efficiency, electricity consumption and the amount of waste sent to landfill. We also offset all our employee corporate travel.

Our Fly Carbon Neutral Programme (offered across the Qantas Group) is the largest airline offset programme in the world. With your help we have offset over 1.8 million tonnes of carbon emissions. This equals 1.8 million Olympic swimming pools of pollution, or the emissions from around 390,000 passenger vehicles.

Certified by the Australian Government

Our voluntary carbon offset programme is certified and independently verified under the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).

Download 2014 NCOS Public Disclosure Summary (PDF, 1.1MB)

Registered with the New Zealand Government

The Ngati Awa Heritage Estate reforestation project is registered under the New Zealand Government's Forestry Emissions Trading Scheme.