Planting with Ngā Rauru Kiitahi Iwi
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IntroductionNgā Rauru Kiitahi, Castlecliff School, and DOC have planted over 900 trees as part of the Te Kāhui o Rauru Waterways Restoration project.
Date: 30 August 2017
More than 900 trees, flax and sedges are now protecting the banks of the Waiau Stream thanks to the lead role of Ngā Rauru Kiitahi members, and efforts of Castlecliff School students and the Department of Conservation.
The planting, which took place in the Tapuarau Conservation area at the Waitōtara River mouth over July and August, is a part of the Te Kāhui o Rauru Waterways Restoration project – Te Wai Koiora which is cofunded by the Ministry for the Environment's Te Mana o te Wai initiative.
This project aims to improve water quality and habitat in streams and supports hāpū and whānau o Ngā Rauru Kiitahi to become actively involved in the restoration and monitoring of seven waterways that are culturally significant to them.
Conservation ranger Scotty Moore said one group from the school spent a morning weeding around plants that had been planted the previous year as a part of the project.
“It’s fantastic to be able to engage with tamariki and our Treaty partners in conservation,” he said.
Ranger Scotty Moore with Tewaiarani. Sativa, Teresa, Aurora, and Akeelah at Tapuarau
Image: Susan Osborne | DOC
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