Giving back to Titirangi

More than 20 get suck in to planting on roadside.

More than 20 get suck in to planting on roadside.

COUSINS FROM NORTH: Cousins Hawaiki Papuni-Bristowe from Auckland, Iti Papuni from Whangarei and Gisborne’s Tapuwai Papuni-Pewhairangi and Niki Papuni-Pewhairangi all took part in the planting on Titirangi. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Hine Papuni, Trent Adams, Takutai Papuni-Adams (3) from Kaitaia take part in a tree planting on Kaiti Hill. Picture by Paul Rickard
Tree Planting Kaiti Hill - Amber, Jason and Olivia Dodd.

ANOTHER successful community day on Titirangi/Kaiti Hill attracted families from far and wide to plant on the hill.

More than 20 people rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into the planting along the roadside near the summit.

The boggy conditions did not deter participants, who ranged from valued regulars and dads wanting some quality time with their daughters, to family groups and out-of-town visitors.

All participants were keen to put something special back into the hill.

Last Wednesday’s planting was part of the Conservation Experience programme, run by Gisborne District Council (GDC), The Department of Conservation, Tairawhiti Environment Centre and the Women’s Native Tree Project.

Community groups have done a lot of work on Kaiti Hill over the last year or so. This year 800 students from around the region have had the chance to plant trees, learn about plant life and insect species, and hear some of the history of Kaiti Hill as part of the Titirangi Future Guardians programme.

GDC staff and Department of Conservation rangers prepared the experience for students, and Kauri Forno of the Women’s native tree project delivered it. Schools planted 800 trees over 33 sessions.

EIT students and conservation day experience volunteers have also contributed this season with monthly plant care and re-mulching sessions.

Livable communities director Andrew White said a lot more was planned this year than tree planting.

“The goal of the guardians programme is to eventually have the kids guide their families around Titirangi and point out all the special things that live there,” he said.

“There were also the monthly volunteer days on the hill, where anyone is free to participate."

To find out how and when you can volunteer on Titirangi check out the Gisborne District Council’s website on the project.

ANOTHER successful community day on Titirangi/Kaiti Hill attracted families from far and wide to plant on the hill.

More than 20 people rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into the planting along the roadside near the summit.

The boggy conditions did not deter participants, who ranged from valued regulars and dads wanting some quality time with their daughters, to family groups and out-of-town visitors.

All participants were keen to put something special back into the hill.

Last Wednesday’s planting was part of the Conservation Experience programme, run by Gisborne District Council (GDC), The Department of Conservation, Tairawhiti Environment Centre and the Women’s Native Tree Project.

Community groups have done a lot of work on Kaiti Hill over the last year or so. This year 800 students from around the region have had the chance to plant trees, learn about plant life and insect species, and hear some of the history of Kaiti Hill as part of the Titirangi Future Guardians programme.

GDC staff and Department of Conservation rangers prepared the experience for students, and Kauri Forno of the Women’s native tree project delivered it. Schools planted 800 trees over 33 sessions.

EIT students and conservation day experience volunteers have also contributed this season with monthly plant care and re-mulching sessions.

Livable communities director Andrew White said a lot more was planned this year than tree planting.

“The goal of the guardians programme is to eventually have the kids guide their families around Titirangi and point out all the special things that live there,” he said.

“There were also the monthly volunteer days on the hill, where anyone is free to participate."

To find out how and when you can volunteer on Titirangi check out the Gisborne District Council’s website on the project.

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