Plaque marks 10 green years
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.