Successful community-led planting day held near Taupo.

Image: Greening Taupo | ©

Introduction

New Zealand Defence Force personnel, past and present, were recognised as part of this week’s planting day at Whakaipo Bay Recreation Reserve.

Date:  03 April 2019

Coordinated by conservation community group, Greening Taupo, over 3000 native shrubs and trees were planted at the popular recreation area on Saturday. Members of the community once again turned out in force to support Greening Taupo and the Taupo Girl Guides for another successful planting day.

This year’s event was part of the Matariki Tu Rākau programme. Launched by the Government on Anzac Day 2018, Matariki Tu Rākau provides funding for community led planting initiatives. The trees are to serve as living memorials to our service personnel as one of a series of commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Greening Taupo Coordinator Robyn Ellis said an event for such a special occasion was a great start to this year’s planting season.

Annual planting days have been held at Whakaipo Bay Recreation Reserve for 30 years. The first of these was led by Taupo Girl Guides and the plants have grown to provide protection from erosion, a habitat for birds and shade for visitors.

DOC Senior Ranger Nina Manning said that Whakaipo Bay is a shining example of what can be achieved through the collaborative efforts of the many passionate people in our community.

“There are many community groups, schools, families, hapū, iwi and recreation groups working with DOC or independently around the country to restore and protect our unique natural heritage – from restoring native flora and wildlife to managing huts, tracks and historic places. Everyone is welcome to get involved with conservation groups working in the Taupo area.”

Contact

For media enquiries contact:

Renee Potae, Ranger - Community
Phone: +64 7 384 7106
Mobile: +64 27 233 5062
Email: rpotae@doc.govt.nz

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