Date: 24 May 2012
After three years, Ngati Rangi hapu of Reporua, have completed planting over 1000 pohutukawa trees on the coastal hill overlooking the marae at Reporua, Ruatoria.
The Project Crimson community project, a joint initiative between private landowners, He oranga mo nga taonga tuku iho Trust, Department of Conservation (DOC) and Project Crimson, aims to rejuvenate Pohutukawa to their natural habitat to protect and enhance the environment.
“Where the trees are situated is quite exposed to coastal winds so these trees serve to protect the whenua (land) as well as encouraging some of our native bird life back” says DOC Ranger Graeme Atkins.
“The trees planted last July for the ‘Living Legends’ event (part of the 2011 rugby festivities) have benefited from the wet summer season and have established really well. Apart from weeding, all we can do now is watch them grow.”
Mr Atkins acknowledges the support of Gordon Hosking trustee for the Project Crimson Trust which has sponsored over 1000 pohutukawa trees and the landowners who covered the fencing around the trees.
“These pohutukawa will be enjoyed through many generations, leaving a legacy to enhance our coast and waterways” says Gordon Hosking.
Project Crimson is a national conservation trust with over 20 years experience in community-based native restoration projects. By 1990 research found that over 90% of coastal Pohutukawa stands were dead or dying due to pastoral farming, possums and fire. Research turned to action and Project Crimson was established to support communities to rejuvenate the species.
Project Crimson is also supporting another planting project with Tikapa Marae with a planting this weekend (May 26/27) and another planned for July.
Trudi Ngawhare, Phone: +64 6 869 0487, email: email@example.com