Environmental care in action
Staff and students at Te Poi School will spend the next four to five years helping to restore a gully on a local farm.
The school has ‘‘adopted’’ a small gully near the Waiomou stream and students last week planted the first of many native trees in the area.
Environment Waikato senior catchment management officer Rien van de Weteringh said the planting conincided with Conservation Week.
Students learnt about the local waterways and how their project would help to benefit not only the local rivers, but also marine life in the Firth of Thames and parts of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
‘‘The project is part of a larger project to protect and enhance upper Waihou waterways, which are particularly known for their clarity and trout fisheries,’’ he said.
The waterways were also important to local iwi, who gather food such as water cress and eels from the streams, he said.
Te Poi School is an enviro- school and the restoration project fits in with their aims to help look after and protect the environment.
Hard workers: Summer Dykzuel, Ava Shelford and Casey Jones ready to plant another tree.
Taking a break: Zarnia Steiner, Liam Haupapa, Aidan Tidd, London Cottle and Lucas McBurney have a rest on the bank.