Tree plant­ing for Con­ser­va­tion Week


Con­vert­ing a love for Manawatū’s out­doors into ac­tion is the aim of this year’s Con­ser­va­tion Week.

Con­ser­va­tion Week opens in Palmer­ston North on Satur­day with a ‘Plant a tree - get a tree’, War on Weeds event at Ahi­mate Park - bet­ter known as Waitoe­toe Park.

Satur­day’s tree plant­ing at the Manawatū River bank re­serve is from 10am to 12.30pm and in­cludes a free bar­be­cue, mu­sic and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as of­fer­ing par­tic­i­pants a free na­tive plant to take home.

Lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Weed­busters will be of­fer­ing help with weed iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and ad­vice on how to com­bat pest plants.

Nicole Sut­ton, se­nior DOC Manawatū ranger, said 85 per cent of New Zealan­ders rated con­ser­va­tion as im­por­tant.

‘‘The theme for Con­ser­va­tion Week is about mak­ing peo­ple aware of how easy it is to be­come in­volved in pro­tect­ing and nur­tur­ing our amazing and unique wildlife.

‘‘We want to show peo­ple that con­ser­va­tion can be done in their own back­yard, gar­dens, parks and ma­rine ar­eas. Even small ac­tions make a big dif­fer­ence.’’

Sup­ported by Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil, Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil, Ran­gitāne o Manawatū, the Kiwi Con­ser­va­tion Club and DOC, the best ac­cess to the plant­ing day with park­ing, is at the end of Maxwells Line.

Sut­ton said an­other as­pect of Con­ser­va­tion Week was about pro­mot­ing a preda­tor-free en­vi­ron­ment, with kids be­ing en­cour­aged to take part in the Gen­e­sis En­ergy Whio Boot Camp on­line game.

‘‘As well as be­ing fun, the game teaches play­ers how a whio lives in the wild - eat­ing, run­ning rapids and hope­fully avoid­ing preda­tors.’’

She said preda­tor-free was gain­ing mo­men­tum around Manawatū with coun­cils, schools and com­mu­nity groups be­com­ing in­volved.

‘‘You can join an ex­ist­ing project or start your own.’’

In­cor­po­rat­ing the city’s Ecofest, the lo­cal Con­ser­va­tion Week con­cludes on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21 with a Wel­come Back to the Waders at the Fox­ton Es­tu­ary.

DOC’s Kelly Har­ris said peo­ple were in­vited to join mem­bers of the Manawatū Es­tu­ary Trust from 11am to 12pm in Rob­bie St at Fox­ton Beach to spot birds that have ar­rived on their two-week flight from the north­ern hemi­sphere.

They would also hear about the birds’ amazing jour­ney.


Waitoe­toe Park has drawn crowds of peo­ple dur­ing the year to help plant trees along the city’s Manawatu River bank re­serve.

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