Reserve birthday marked
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.