Trees planted by O¯ tane com­mu­nity

CHB Mail - - News -

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.

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