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 genetic 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 our responsibility as kaitiaki/caretakers of our seeds/ te kākano.

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

For more information:

Waiheke Seed Bank brochure

Before a person can get seeds they need 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. Then put them in an air tight container or an air tight dark glass jar.

Put them in a dark, cool place or bring them over to the 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*


Hollyhock light pink



Fruit seeds*

Alderman Peas

Climbing bean

Hopi climbing bean

Jeneifer Beans

Major's  Cook climbing bean

Peruvian goose beans

Rib Zucchini

Seneka speckled bird egg climbing green bean

Tomato - purple calabash

Beefstock Tomato

Triamble pumpkin

Runner Beans

Leaf seeds*

*Please note: We do not guarantee to have all of the above mentioned seeds at the centre at all times. If you have any of the above mentioned seeds or different ones, you are more than welcome to donate some to the centre.