Date: 05 August 2013
Native trees planted by a group of teenagers at the Tongariro National Trout Centre recently was all in a days work, serving both people and the environment.
The Waiapu teenagers on an Anglican Diocesan ‘Leadership Training for Youth’ winter camp approached the Tongariro National Trout Centre Society to offer volunteer service with the aim of fulfilling the learning outcome of ‘Serving Others’.
Rob Lester chairman of the Society said, “We jumped at the offer of help from these young people, which enabled us to complete work that our volunteers and Department of Conservation Staff would otherwise not have had the time to undertake”.
The native trees are not only beautifying the site but are also stabilising a bank on the entrance walkway leading into the Centre.
Department of Conservation ranger Nathaniel Mellon was able to teach the young volunteers that trees planted next to rivers play an important role in protecting water quality.
Waiapu Diocesan Youth Ministry Facilitator Jocelyn Czerwonka said the group thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of planting the trees and Nathaniel’s wealth of knowledge and information. He also showed the group around the site and explained what the Tongariro Trout Centre and Society displays to the community and visitors.
Waiapu teenagers enjoying helping others planting native trees at the Tongario National Trout Centre
Programme Manager Community Relations
Department of Conservation
Phone: +64 7 384 7163