Re­growth in storm’s wake

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Plant­ings for Ar­bor Day in Porirua this year will help to re­pair storm dam­age next to Aotea Col­lege and pro­tect streams in Thomp­son’s Gully.

Last win­ter’s storms cut a swathe through Aotea Col­lege’s grounds, caus­ing many trees to come down. On Wed­nes­day, Porirua mayor Nick Leggett joined stu­dents, Porirua City Coun­cil staff and vol­un­teers in plant­ing the ar­eas where dam­aged macro­carpa and pine trees were re­moved.

Rata and other na­tive species will help to re­store the zone.

A nearby wet­land be­low Adrenalin For­est was also planted, which will ul­ti­mately help to re­duce silt and pol­lu­tion en­ter­ing the har­bour. It is a col­lab­o­ra­tive project be­tween the coun­cil and col­lege and has been made pos­si­ble with the sup­port of Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil, Project Crim­son, Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful and Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers New Zealand.

On Thurs­day, 190 Holy Fam­ily School pupils and eight in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from Whi­tireia Polytech­nic got their hands dirty putting 200 plants in along the Thomp­son Gully Re­serve path be­hind the school. The path links Cham­pion St and Mun­gavin Ave but is prone to be­com­ing over­grown and re­quires a lot of at­ten­tion, the coun­cil’s man­ager of parks and re­serves Bill Inge said.

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