Rugby legend Hika Reid is being celebrated this weekend as part of a Living Legends tree planting event at Hamurana Springs.
Rugby and tree planting may seem an unlikely combination, but over the past three years they have come together through the Living Legends project. 17 rugby legends including Sir Colin Meads, Sir Brian Lochore and Todd Blackadder have joined over 8,000 New Zealanders to plant 170,000 native trees throughout New Zealand.
In Rotorua, the planting site at Hamurana Springs is dedicated to Ngongotaha’s Hika Reid. This reserve is co-managed between the Department of Conservation and Ngāti Rangiwewehi. This site has seen 6,000 plants added since the project began.
“We’ve laid out 700 plants at Hamurana Springs ready for planting this weekend” said DOC Ranger Paul Cashmore. “Anybody who is willing to dig in should meet us in the main car park on Sunday at 9:00 am – the more the merrier!”
Hika played 40 matches for the All Blacks including nine tests. His last involvement with a national side was with the New Zealand Māori on the 1987 – 88 tour of Europe and Argentina.
Around 6,000 native trees and shrubs are being planted across various reserve and wetlands during the current planting season. Anybody interested in volunteering as part of any of DOC's upcoming planting days should email email@example.com or phone +64 7 349 7412.