Trees planted by O¯ tane community
Last¯month, the trees by the Otane Community Hall were removed due to health and safety risks.
An independent assessment by an expert showed the trees were rotting from the inside and were at risk of coming down — possibly harming people and property.
Central Hawke's Bay District Council officers worked with the O¯ tane community to discuss replanting to revitalise the area.
At the community meeting, those present confirmed they would like to see new trees planted, and native trees would be a good replacement.
These were planted on Thursday morning by a group that included students from O¯ tane School.
After a short mihi whakatau to begin the proceedings, O¯ tane School students sang waiata as the trees were planted, as well as assisting with the planting. Two trees were donated by O¯ tane locals — the to¯ tara was from Nikora and Pauline Kupa, and the miro tree from Jan Page of the O¯ tane Market. A ko¯ whai tree of late flowering variety was also planted.
The three trees were carefully chosen — to¯ tara for its strength, size and longevity, miro with its colourful berries will attract birdlife into an area, particularly tui and kereru¯ and the ko¯ whai tree will provide colour across a number of seasons. Central Hawke's Bay District Council was pleased to work in partnership with the community.
“This is a great opportunity to work collaboratively and revitalise a beautiful part of our district for the enjoyment of everyone,” says Doug Tate, group manager — customer and community partnerships.
Nikora Kupa with his mokopuna, planting the totara tree he and his wife Pauline donated, while O¯ tane Primary school students watch and Vera Smith from the O¯ tane Progressive Society, which organised the planting, keeps an eye on proceedings.