On September 28, 2016 T&G Global teamed up with Sustainable Coastlines to give some love to the Kapiro Stream, near Kerikeri, Northland. This event was significant as the last planting on the 2016 Love Your Water tour and the T&G teams from Kerikeri and Auckland pitched in with an awesome effort to get 803 native trees in the ground, contributing to the restoration of the Kapiro Stream.
The Kapiro Stream flows from the Kerikeri irrigation reservoirs through to the Rangitane River and eventually to the sea in the Kerikeri Inlet. In places the stream is shaded and healthy, while in others it suffers from excess nutrient and sediment load. Planting riparian restoration trees around stream and rivers helps to restore the health of waterways by stopping the flow of sediment, which reduces stream productivity, and reducing nutrient input, which can lead to toxic algal and bacterial blooms.
Denis Barker, the Kapiro Orchard Manager did a great job with his team to prepare the site for planting by clearing invasive species and laying down a bed of mulch to retain soil moisture and provide sustenance to the growing trees. Denis was also quick to quip about the efficacy of Auckland’s executive team, but we have no doubt that they were able to prove their worth!
After introductions by T&G’s Sustainability Analyst, Lissy Fehnker and Sustainable Coastlines’ Programmes Manager, Fletcher Sunde, the Love Your Water presentation and planting demonstration was delivered by Event Manager Te Kawa Robb before the 35 participants kicked into gear to get the trees in the ground. The team worked hard and were rewarded with an early finish to the day when all trees were planted by lunch time.
A huge thanks to T&G Global for allowing us the opportunity to work with them on this event and contribute to the ongoing health of the Kapiro Stream. Thanks also to DOC’s Rod Brown for his botanical expertise, Krave Catering for providing a delicious and rewarding meal as well as Kwik-N-Ezy canopies, Eighthirty Coffee and Hirepool for assistance with event equipment and logistics.