Last week, we had our annual general meeting at Tapu te Ranga Marae. To start the meeting, we acknowledged the passing of Kaumatua Bruce Stewart in June of 2017. His vision of a bush and bird reserve on Tapu te Ranga Marae land was a seed that grew into a thriving hillside of native trees, birds and lizards. This 25-year-old restoration project is one of the oldest restoration projects in Wellington and many hands have planted the trees, weeded the gorse, cut the scrub, cleared the tracks, nurtured the seedlings and most importantly enjoyed seeing the forest and birds return over these years. Nga mihi nui e hoa, Bruce
Kua hinga te tōtara i Te Waonui a Tāne.
There was a positive discussion about how the Manawa Karioi Society has been reinvigorated this year with healthy numbers attending our working bees and we have built up a good community awareness of our project and the reserve.
Our public access tracks are becoming more popular and we are seeing more people use them for walking, running, horse riding and dog walking. The Manawa Karioi Society and Tapu te Ranga Marae are delighted that the tracks are well used.
With this increased track use, our focus for 2018 is marking the tracks and updating our signs, we would also like to put more focus on fundraising and finding sponsorship for our new signs. We had some great ideas at our AGM last week and are ready to kick into action
If you would like to read our Chairmans report, you can find it here.
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.