Seed Bank

"Preserving seeds for future generations"

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Why are seed banks important?

Seeds are more easily kept than plants for conservation.

Give a good source of native seeds if something happens to others from a natural source.

More genetically diversity in seeds prevents diseases of taking the seeds as easily.

The seeds won't be affected by climate change.

How does the Waiheke Seed Bank work?

The Waiheke Seed Bank is a community seed bank.

This seed bank’s main focus is on our responsibility at kaitiaki/caretakers of our seeds/ te kākano.

The kaupapa of this bank is one of reciprocity. The expectation is that if you take seed from this bank, you will in turn return to seed to this bank for future use.

For more information:

Waiheke Seed Bank brochure

Before a person can get seeds he or she needs to fill in a from. This can be done with the following link or while in the centre.


How you can be involved?

Gather seeds from your garden

Dry the seeds and store them in a paper bag and then in an air tight container or a dark glass jar that is air tight.

Put them in a dark, cool place or bring them over to Waiheke Sustainability Centre for the Waiheke Seed Bank.

Make sure to keep notes about the plants the seed comes from. The notes can be about how the plant did.

For more information about your seeds:

infographics seeds


Waiheke Seed Bank Inventory

Flowering Seeds


German chammomile

Hollyhock - light pink

Marigold Durango Outback

Marigold small

Papaver/Peony Pink

Pink Multibell

Stock white pink


Fruit seeds

Alderman Peas

Climbing bean

Hopi climbing bean

Jeneifer Beans

Major's  Cook climbing bean

Peruvian goose beans

Rib Zucchini

Rocquefort dwarf bean

Seneka speckled bird egg climbing green bean

Tomato - purple calabash

Triamble pumpkin

Leaf seeds

Italian Parsley

Red russian kale