En­vi­ron­men­tal care in ac­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICOLA STE­WART nicola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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.

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