Motorways Turn Red


The Project Crimson group and Auckland Motorways have teamed up to bring colour to motorways.

By the end of next month, 150 pohutukawa trees purchased from The Project Crimson Trust will be planted next to the Mount Wellington Interchange.

Well at least it’s in tune with the city’s new logo!

Project Crimson‘s aim is:”To enable pohutukawa and rata to flourish again in their natural habitat as icons in the hearts and minds of all New Zealanders.”

Project Crimson Trustee and Forest Health Consultant Dr Gordon Hosking says there is the potential for planting pohutukawa in areas large enough to support its growth.

Project Crimson along with its principal sponsor, Meridian Energy, believes this will bring a uniquely kiwi flavor and reinforce the association between Auckland and New Zealand’s most iconic tree.

Dr Hosking said that most motorway plantings to date have involved shrubs and groundcover species.

With the extension of the motorway system into rural areas and wider planting sites, there is opportunity to include appropriate tree species – pohutuakwa being an excellent choice.”

Project Crimson and Auckland Motorways are in discussion regarding further plantings over the next few years.




  1. Mike says:

    Wish they would plant something - anything, around the Greenlane offramp northbound.The barren banks look horrible. Makes a joke of the NZTA offramp sign “Greenlane”.The lanes definitely not green NZTA.

  2. ingolfson says:

    Does Greenlane have any green lanes (bus lanes)? ;-)

  3. Jeremy Harris says:

    Is that Auckland Motorways as in the website..?

  4. Joshua says:

    I liked the logo design from the judge’s son 200% more than this one proposed.

  5. ingolfson says:

    Even leaving aside the way your words and tone can be twisted in the press, that judge’s son sounded way too snotty and know-it-all-I-am-cooler-than-you.

  6. Jon C says:

    @ingolfson He is actually very cool and certainly way cooler than me!


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