After winning the "Trees That Count" Matariki Giveaway, Manawa Karioi was faced with the dilemma of having up to 300 more trees to get to our planting site, about 600 metres from the Tapu Te Ranga Marae carpark.
The four wheel drive track that leads to the planting site is very muddy. Access via 4 wheel drive vehicle is possible, but would make a mess of the track.
Faced with that problem, the best alternative was to load the plants onto plastic trays and carry them on-site. Each tray requires 2 people to carry, and with 14 trays it was looking at being an ordeal.
But then, the Aspiring Leaders Forum (ALF) came to the rescue.
A nation-wide gathering of young people attending the Aspiring Leaders Forum in Wellington had committed to spending two hours performing some community work as part of their conference.
On Saturday July 29, over one hundred and twenty youth came to work at Tapu Te Ranga Marae, owners of the land that comprises the Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project.
Thirty of those helpers were more than enough to carry all those trays to site, with enough time to plant a tree each.
This has saved us a lot of hard work, it was just the helping hand we needed before we start planting this Sunday August 6 with almost all the plants on-site.
For those interested in joining our working bee. We will meet at the interpretation board shelter at the Tapu Te Ranga marae carpark at 1pm every Sunday in August. The marae is signposted at the end of Danube St in Island Bay. All plants, tools and gloves are supplied. New volunteers are welcome.
We will be planting regardless of weather as we have several planting sites that are all fairly sheltered. If you have trouble finding us txt 0221 277361.
Written by Ross Gardiner
A tree enthusiast and an ex-resident of Island Bay. Vanessa brings her digital skills to the volunteer team at Manawa Karioi - one of the oldest reforestation projects in Wellington.
With over 17 years experience volunteering with Manawa Karioi, Ross has a detailed knowledge of the project.
Paul Blaschke is an environmental consultant and part-time university lecturer. He loves living and working in Wellington’s southern suburbs, whether in the Owhiro catchment, the Town Belt near his home, or on the slopes at Manawa Karioi.
Chris and his partner and their 3 children were at the dawn planting of the first tree in 1991. He has maintained his involvement in the project ever since and gets great satisfaction now from seeing how much the trees have grown and how the associated native ecosystems have developed over those 26 years. Chris emphasises that providing tracks to enable the public to enjoy Manawa Karioi, and carbon sequestration, are both integral parts of the project.