Pas­sion to re­store Cen­tral land­scape

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trust’s val­ues.

In ad­di­tion to the sat­is­fac­tion of wit­ness­ing the re­turn of indige­nous flora and fauna to Cen­tral Otago, what else does he gain?

‘‘The ca­ma­raderie and com­mu­nity spirit of be­ing out there with new friends and fam­i­lies is great, and the change we have achieved at our in­au­gu­ral restora­tion site at Richards Beach al­ready looks amaz­ing!

‘‘Imag­ine how much of a dif­fer­ence we could re­ally make if lots more peo­ple got in­volved.’’

And so what would Blair say to others who are con­sid­er­ing vol­un­teer­ing?

‘‘Roll up your sleeves, bring your spade, your en­thu­si­asm and lets look to the fu­ture of what a dif­fer­ence we can make with beau­ti­ful na­tive plant­ings.

‘‘It’s some­thing that we call all be very proud of and our unique en­vi­ron­ment will thank us with a big hug.’’

Mok­ihi Trust was set up to re­store pock­ets of na­tive veg­e­ta­tion around Cromwell and the Lake Dun­stan area.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact mok­i­hitrust@gmail.com

A Face­book page is com­ing soon.

❚ Gil­lian White is se­nior co­or­di­na­tor at Vol­un­teer­ing Cen­tral, an ini­tia­tive of Cen­tral Lakes Trust that seeks to raise aware­ness of and sup­port vol­un­teer­ing across the Cen­tral Otago Lakes Dis­trict.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Fel­ton Road wine­maker and gen­eral man­ager Blair Wal­ter is also a vol­un­teer with the Mo­hiki Trust.

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