Learn to build tracks from ex­pert

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - DIANA WOR­THY

Friends of Mcken­zie Re­serve is con­tin­u­ing its record of de­vel­op­ing what was a pine-plan­ta­tion into a stun­ning na­tive re­serve.

The re­serve is off Em­pire Ave, En­clo­sure Bay, and also has a small track into the Sandy Bay area.

It is this area that is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a huge facelift, ac­cord­ing to com­mit­tee mem­ber Tony King-turner.

King-turner, well-known on the is­land for his en­thu­si­asm for the de­vel­op­ment of na­tive re­serves and pro­tec­tion of wa­ter­ways, is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cals to come and get in­volved in the project.

‘‘Track build­ing is in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fy­ing. It’s not hard and, with a good group of peo­ple, we will not only make a lot of progress quickly but it will be so­cial as well,’’ he said.

‘‘This is your chance to be part of some­thing spe­cial for the is­land.

‘‘You don’t have to have any ex­pe­ri­ence, just en­thu­si­asm and a spade would help.’’

The work­ing bee is Fri­day, Novem­ber 17 from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Meet at the Sandy Bay en­trance to the Mcken­zie Re­serve, off Coro­man­del Road - park close to Sandy Bay as spa­ces are limited.

Email Niki Schuck at niki@nikischuckpr.com to get in­volved.

Tony King-turner by pam­pas plants, re­moved to make way for the track. SUP­PLIED

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