Wednesday activities for volunteers in conservation

New project opens door to volunteers.

New project opens door to volunteers.

View from above. Now a block on Kaiti Hill (Titirangi) will get reserve classification. File picture

A NEW Gisborne conservation collaboration will give people the chance to volunteer weekly at the district’s various conservation projects.

Tairawhiti Environment Centre, the Department of Conservation and Gisborne District Council will co-ordinate a different volunteer session each Wednesday morning, rotating around the different projects.

The first session is on the Titirangi restoration project, this Wednesday from 11am to 1pm. Other sessions will run from 10am to 12pm.

DoC community ranger Trudi Ngawhare said the sessions give those passionate about the environment and conservation a chance to learn more about the different projects and develop skills.

“We are working together to grow conservation volunteer opportunities in Gisborne, and grow (the numbers of) volunteers.”

TEC volunteer co-ordinator Jamie Foxley said different activities will be held each week, including pest trapping at Waihirere Domain and restoration projects on Titirangi, Waikanae Stream, Donner’s Bush/Waimata and Te Wherowhero Lagoon.

Activities will vary, including general gardening and maintenance, planting in winter, pest trapping, and even beach clean-ups.

The sessions will run from March to November this year.

“It is a chance for people to learn about the projects, develop different skills and get in the outdoors with like-minded people,” Mr Foxley said.

“Schools, work groups, anybody interested can come along.”

Volunteers to meet

Those interested in attending this week’s session should meet at the first carpark on the Kaiti Hill road, just up from Te Poho o Rawiri Marae.

GDC project manager Andy Kinsella said they would be doing some weeding and vegetation control on the area planted last year on the harbour side above Rakaiatane Road.

“The plants had a tough time over the dry summer, with a few dying off, but it's what we expected,” Mr Kinsella said.
“Now we have had a bit of rain, we are able to work with them.

“In the following sessions on Titirangi we will work around the half-dozen restoration areas, mixing the work up with planting, weed control and track work.”

Gisborne Volunteer Centre manager Jenny Greaves said the volunteer sessions are a great idea and they will be suggesting it to people looking to do volunteer work.

“I think it's a great idea, especially the different organisations and projects working together on it. It makes a big difference.”

Information about the volunteer sessions will be posted in the Herald’s fortnightly environment page, TEC’s social media pages and at Gisborne Volunteer Centre.

Next week the session will be at Donner’s Bush/Waimata restoration project, with volunteers to meet at the DoC office, 63 Carnarvon Street at 10am. The following Wednesday is pest trapping at Waihirere Domain. Meet at the domain carpark.

For queries contact programme co-ordinators at volunteer.gisborne@live.com, Gisborne Volunteer Centre on 8684522 or TEC on 8674708.

A NEW Gisborne conservation collaboration will give people the chance to volunteer weekly at the district’s various conservation projects.

Tairawhiti Environment Centre, the Department of Conservation and Gisborne District Council will co-ordinate a different volunteer session each Wednesday morning, rotating around the different projects.

The first session is on the Titirangi restoration project, this Wednesday from 11am to 1pm. Other sessions will run from 10am to 12pm.

DoC community ranger Trudi Ngawhare said the sessions give those passionate about the environment and conservation a chance to learn more about the different projects and develop skills.

“We are working together to grow conservation volunteer opportunities in Gisborne, and grow (the numbers of) volunteers.”

TEC volunteer co-ordinator Jamie Foxley said different activities will be held each week, including pest trapping at Waihirere Domain and restoration projects on Titirangi, Waikanae Stream, Donner’s Bush/Waimata and Te Wherowhero Lagoon.

Activities will vary, including general gardening and maintenance, planting in winter, pest trapping, and even beach clean-ups.

The sessions will run from March to November this year.

“It is a chance for people to learn about the projects, develop different skills and get in the outdoors with like-minded people,” Mr Foxley said.

“Schools, work groups, anybody interested can come along.”

Volunteers to meet

Those interested in attending this week’s session should meet at the first carpark on the Kaiti Hill road, just up from Te Poho o Rawiri Marae.

GDC project manager Andy Kinsella said they would be doing some weeding and vegetation control on the area planted last year on the harbour side above Rakaiatane Road.

“The plants had a tough time over the dry summer, with a few dying off, but it's what we expected,” Mr Kinsella said.
“Now we have had a bit of rain, we are able to work with them.

“In the following sessions on Titirangi we will work around the half-dozen restoration areas, mixing the work up with planting, weed control and track work.”

Gisborne Volunteer Centre manager Jenny Greaves said the volunteer sessions are a great idea and they will be suggesting it to people looking to do volunteer work.

“I think it's a great idea, especially the different organisations and projects working together on it. It makes a big difference.”

Information about the volunteer sessions will be posted in the Herald’s fortnightly environment page, TEC’s social media pages and at Gisborne Volunteer Centre.

Next week the session will be at Donner’s Bush/Waimata restoration project, with volunteers to meet at the DoC office, 63 Carnarvon Street at 10am. The following Wednesday is pest trapping at Waihirere Domain. Meet at the domain carpark.

For queries contact programme co-ordinators at volunteer.gisborne@live.com, Gisborne Volunteer Centre on 8684522 or TEC on 8674708.

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