Plaque marks 10 green years

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The green-thumbed ef­forts of Friends of Maara Roa were com­mended by Mana MP Win­nie La­ban and Porirua Mayor Jenny Brash when they spoke at the group’s 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion re­cently.

De­spite a cold start to the day, 70 peo­ple at­tended the event, which in­cluded the un­veil­ing of a plaque at the Kowhai Grove in Can­nons Creek Lakes Re­serve, mark­ing a project that started in 2000.

Re­gional councillor Peter Glen­sor wel­comed ev­ery­one, Toa Waaka of Ngati Toa gave a bless­ing and the plaque, mounted on a rock, was un­veiled by Ms Brash and Ms La­ban, who is pa­tron of the Friends of Maara Roa.

Vis­i­tors en­joyed the new na­ture walk in Bel­mont Re­gional Park, while oth­ers took part in tree plant­ing.

Friends com­mit­tee mem­ber Sylvia Jenkin says they will con- tinue the restora­tion work (clear­ing, plant­ing, pest con­trol, and as­sist­ing the nurs­ery at Porirua Col­lege), as­sisted by Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil.

They hope the peo­ple of Porirua City and north­ern Welling­ton con­tinue to sup­port the restora­tion of the bush, and the devel­op­ment of more and bet­ter tracks to im­prove ac­cess to Can­nons Creek Val­ley and the hills be­yond.

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