Kids pitch in at marae plant­ing

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Te Puke High School stu­dents and staff were ex­cited to be in­vited to join other lo­cal schools at Maka­hae Marae to help out with a com­mu­nity na­tive tree plant­ing.

Pri­mary school pupils went out to the marae in the morn­ing and around 250 high school stu­dents were trans­ported out in the af­ter­noon.

The ac­count be­low is from Year 9 student, Jas­rose-Kaur Mallhi.

“Stu­dents were given the chance to help pro­tect and en­hance the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment and leave a com­mu­nity legacy to be en­joyed by gen­er­a­tions to come,” says act­ing prin­ci­pal Si­mon McGil­livray.

I am a year nine student at Te Puke High School and on Au­gust 5 Year Nine and Ten stu­dents vis­ited Maka­hae Marae.

The rea­son be­hind this trip was to help the marae plant na­tive trees and re­store their grounds.

When we ar­rived we were given a short wel­come and told of the his­tory. The area to be re­stored was once a road to en­ter Te Puke un­til it was aban­doned af­ter the new one was built.

The peo­ple from Maka­hae Marae had talked to the govern­ment about plant­ing na­tive trees down the hill­side and bring­ing the old road back to life as a walk­ing trail.

Stu­dents were given a quick tu­to­rial on plant­ing trees. We all grabbed a tree and we started on our jour­ney.

My friends and I de­cided to give everyone a job — one of us would col­lect rub­bish, one of us was to bring the trees over and pass it to those who were plant­ing. I can re­mem­ber be­fore we left on the bus everyone was happy to have time off school but when I was walk­ing up and down the road everyone had a smile on their face and there was a lot of laugher.

It was fun to be out­side and to help the en­vi­ron­ment. We had a lit­tle break af­ter a long pe­riod of work and en­joyed think­ing about all the plant­ing we had done. In total just un­der 4000 trees needed to be planted and in the few hours we were there we had planted around 1000. Some of the trees that we planted were kauri, to­tara, flax, kowhai, kahikatea, manuka and ka¯nuka.

Fi­nally, it was time to present our gift to the peo­ple of Maka­hae Marae, our wa­iata E Tuia I Te Ata.

The wa­iata was sung and it was time to head back to school. It was such a beau­ti­ful deed and I am thank­ful that I could be part of the oc­ca­sion. It was an in­cred­i­ble adventure and a new ex­pe­ri­ence for most. I think everyone should do some­thing like this for their com­mu­nity be­cause the feel­ing it leaves is un­for­get­table and dif­fi­cult to ex­plain.

— Jas­rose-Kaur Mallhi

SOME of Te Puke High School stu­dents plant­ing. Left to right: Poi­hipi Rameka, Narm Rawiri, Omega Clarke(ob­scured), Chance Fox, Noah Lid­di­coat, Caleb Clarke over­seen by Whaea Te Whetu and Cathy Shaw.

STU­DENTS be­ing briefed by Dean Flavell be­fore set­ting off to col­lect and plant na­tive trees around Maka­hae Marae.

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