The community’s smallest hands left a legacy at Waitangi Wetland Reserve this week.
Dozens of PORSE children and educators mucked in to plant more than 200 trees as part of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Winter Planting Programme.
Napier mother Te Whetu Henare got the morning underway with a stirring powhiri before helping her daughter Iriaka Winitana, 3, and other children place the natives along the wetland.
The children played an important part in beautifying the redeveloped Waitangi Regional Park which now features a fifty-metre-wide star compass overlooking the Pacific. Pou, or carved posts mark the compass points that Māori used for navigation.
Planting natives along the extended wetland will encourage birdlife and whitebait into the area, HBRC Open Space Development Officer Antony Rewcastle said.
PORSE Programme Tutor Barbara Thomson said the planting allowed the children and educators to give back to the community and was a fitting way to celebrate Matariki (Māori New Year).
“It’s a great opportunity to teach our tamariki about Matariki and the importance of the area to Hawke’s Bay.”
This part of Waitangi Regional Park is where both Māori and Europeans first arrived in Hawke’s Bay.
“Not only did the children have fun playing in the dirt, they left a legacy that they can return to and enjoy for years to come.”
Josiah Anderson, of Hastings mucks in as part of the community planting programme run by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.
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