Stu­dents give lake a magic hand

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Keen green fin­gers of the small type have been work­ing their magic at Lake Oko­roire.

Ku­ranui School stu­dents took a trip down to the lake on July 1 and planted 150 plants in­clud­ing manuka, flaxes and grasses on the lake side.

The school project tied in with The Rip­ple Ef­fect Project. Cre­ated by En­ac­tus Waikato, it is fo­cused on plant­ing 20,000 na­tive trees around the lake to im­prove bio­di­ver­sity and en­cour­age the re­turn of na­tive birds and frogs.

The plant­ing will also help re­duce nutrient and soil runoff and to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity.

Farmer Ian Scott has put in many hours of fenc­ing and spray­ing to help pre­pare the lake.

The school’s trip was fin­ished off with some hot chips and hot chocolates.

Prin­ci­pal Paula Hast­ings said all 17 stu­dents en­joyed putting the Ku­ranui value of help­ing our en­vi­ron­ment into prac­tice out­side of school.

‘‘I asked the chil­dren and they told me that Lake Oko­roire is one of the old­est lakes in our area and that it is hun­dreds of years old. Farm runoff has caused dam­age so they want to re­plant to help the lake.’’

Ku­ranui School is also work­ing on plant­ing around the Waiomou Stream be­hind the school.

The stu­dents will be hav­ing an­other plant­ing ses­sion by the stream next term.

Needs help: Lake Oko­roire is get­ting a huge hand up from car­ing res­i­dents.

Work­ing hard: Stu­dents scout around for the best place to dig their next hole.

Keen dig­gers: Devonte O’Brien, left and Josiah Walker get their hands dirty for a good cause.

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