Re­serve birth­day marked

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Around 150 sup­port­ers at­tended Jim Bar­nett Re­serve’s 20th an­niver­sary on the week­end in­clud­ing Con­ser­va­tion Min­is­ter Kate Wilkin­son and life mem­ber of For­est and Bird South Waikato branch Gor­don Stephen­son.

The cer­e­mony was opened by kuia Ruthana Beg­bie and For­est and Bird chair­woman Anne Groos wel­comed at­ten­dees.

Speak­ers in­cluded South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sin­clair, Ms Wilkin­son and Taupo MP Louise Upston.

Mr Stephen­son spoke about how he was able to as­sist the Bar­nett fam­ily and the coun­cil, lead­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions that saw a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion to the Na­ture Her­itage Trust for funds to es­tab­lish the re­serve in 1992.

Hil­ton Bar­nett told of the his­tory of the fam­ily mill run by his grand­fa­ther, Wal­ter Bar­nett, and the his­tory of Waotu fam­i­lies.

Mrs Groos ac­knowl­edged the

Aspecial plant­ing cer­e­mony. com­mit­ment from For­est and Bird mem­bers and the pest con­trol teams. Over the last eight years 10,000 trees have been planted at the re­serve.

The speeches were fol­lowed by a spe­cial plant­ing cer­e­mony.

CEL­E­BRATE: A group at Satur­day’s event watches on. Con­ser­va­tion Min­is­ter Kate Wilkin­son and Gor­don Stephen­son.

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