Scout and Guide lead­ers head for the hills for Moot

Rodney Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DELWYN DICKEY

Putting away the joys of youth may have been the theme of Lord By­ron’s poem So, we’ll go no more a rov­ing but the na­tional Rovers from Scouts and young lead­ers from Guides weren’t hav­ing a bar of it.

Even though Cy­clone Cook had threat­ened a wild start to their ad­ven­ture, around 160 18 to 25-year-olds from around the coun­try headed off to the big Easter week­end Moot (gather­ing) held this year at the Ahuroa Fire Sta­tion.

Along with check­ing out the area, com­pe­ti­tions and dress up par­ties in the evenings, the Ahuroa and Glorit com­mu­ni­ties were the win­ners of an­other of the planned ac­tiv­i­ties for the group giv­ing the lo­cals a hand.

Af­ter a powhiri and while they were still fresh and en­thu­si­as­tic, the young­sters headed off for around five hours’ work on con­ser­va­tion projects in the area.

‘‘We had a great day – thank good­ness the weather played ball,’’ one of the or­gan­is­ers of the work­ing-bee Glorit farmer Gill Adz­head said. With Cy­clone Cook threat­en­ing the Auck­land area the con­tin­gent of DOC peo­ple couldn’t make it, she said.

‘‘They were very con­cerned about the weather and needed to be pre­pared for pos­si­ble work aris­ing from that.’’

Buck­ets of gravel were carted up­hill and onto walk­ing tracks at CUE Haven over­look­ing the Kaipara Har­bour. Here a small 24 hectare farm is be­ing trans­formed back into na­tive bush by own­ers Mahrukh and Thomas Stazyk. The land will even­tu­ally be covenanted with the QEII Open Spa­ces Trust.

At Atu­anui/Mt Auck­land Ngati Whatua o Kaipara from the Pu­atahi marae are in the mid­dle of a project to rid the re­serve of pests and pro­tect kauri from deadly die-back. A new zig zag track to the south­ern en­trance of the re­serve was built and grav­elled. This in an ef­fort to get rid of

‘‘We had a great day – thank good­ness the weather played ball.’’

Gill Ad­shead

cling­ing mud from boots as peo­ple ap­proach the boot clean­ing sta­tion.

Walk­ing tracks and seat­ing also went in at Mataia farm nearby. On­go­ing pest erad­i­ca­tion work by own­ers Gill and Kevin Ad­shead have seen brown kiwi rein­tro­duced to the farm.

The wharekai at the Pu­atahi marae also got a coat of paint, and a new path.

To top the day off, the work­ers then sat down to a hangi they’d also helped to pre­pare.

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Scout rovers and guide lead­ers lay­ing gravel on a path at the CUE Haven na­tive for­est restora­tion project.

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