Mark­ing achieve­ments

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

On Sun­day peo­ple gath­ered at the Kar­ituwhenua Stream Walk­way Re­serve to recog­nise the achieve­ments of the Land­care Group’s former chair­man.

The event was at­tended by Hast­ings Mayor San­dra Ha­zle­hurst and Coun­cil­lor Mal­colm Dixon, other coun­cil mem­bers, Hast­ings Lions and mem­bers of the vol­un­teer Land­care Group, that main­tains the re­serve.

The event was held to ded­i­cate a pic­nic ta­ble do­nated by HDC and a park bench seat do­nated by Hast­ings Lions in recog­ni­tion of the work that former chair­man Dou­gal French con­tributed to the re­serve and to Lions over many years.

Dou­gal died on Au­gust 15 last year.

He had been the chair­man of the Kar­ituwhenua Stream Land­care Group for more than 20 years and the key per­son who en­abled this group to be­come a reg­is­tered char­ity in 2002 and the first ur­ban Land­care group reg­is­tered in New Zealand.

The re­serve has been trans­formed from a stream gully full of rub­bish and weeds into a well-main­tained re­serve with formed walk­ways, pic­nic ar­eas, many na­tive trees and abun­dant bird life.

This re­serve has now be­come a sig­nif­i­cant as­set to Have­lock North and is held in high es­teem by HDC as an ex­am­ple for other sim­i­lar groups to be formed.

Reg­u­lar users of the re­serve in­clude walk­ers, with or with­out dogs, and pre-school groups.

The Land­care Group has a pool of about 20 men who main­tain the re­serve with reg­u­lar work mornings ev­ery Fri­day. Main ac­cess to the re­serve is off Te Mata Road near Kings­gate Av­enue with other en­trances off Reeve Drive and Ful­ford Place.

Dou­gal was also a lead­ing fig­ure within Lions and led sev­eral fundrais­ing projects for Lions over the years. He was also prin­ci­pal of Have­lock North Pri­mary School for many years.

■ Photos of the ded­i­ca­tion are in the next edi­tion of Vil­lage Press.

Hon­our­ing Dou­gal French’s work.

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