It has rained hard all night and the event site will be too dangerous for a family day. Sincere apologies but watch this space for the next planting date!
Despite cancelling the event, the core crew at Puniu RIver care still needed to get the plants in the ground, so braving the rain we geared up and got over 1000 trees in the ground.
This is just the first planting of many to come. Amazing work being done by Shannon and the crew and we’re honoured to be a part of this ongoing project to clean up the Puniu River and help bring back the clean water that once supported so much life and community.
For the Waikato portion of this year’s Love your Water program we’re very excited to be partnering with Puniu River Care who have built and maintain and incredible native plant nursery, right on site at the Mangatoatoa Marae.
The Puniu River Care society was formed in 2015, and incorporates members from marae along the riverbank, the goal is to lead a shared vision for the Pūniu River, and formulate a plan that will successfully have the catchment restored and maintained to a state that people can enjoy.
Significant time and effort has been put into upskilling members of the society by providing a marae based programme for planting – WINTEC have successfully delivered a NZQA Level 2 horticulture course from the Mangatoatoa marae. We are grateful for the mara kai grant provided by the Te Puni Kokiri, which was used to successfully build a nursery at the marae for food crops, which also produced 8000 healthy native plants.
Simply meet from 10.00am at the Mangatoatoa Marae. Look for our blue Sustainable Coastlines flags. You can stay for as little or as long as you like, but we’ll have tea, coffee from Eighthirty, and refreshments from Phoenix Drinks followed by a BBQ for all volunteers, corporate groups and schools involved.
Come along and get your hands dirty and plant new native trees to help the regeneration of this special river