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Matariki Community Planting Days 2020

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​Ko Puanga te whetū i ārahi i ā Matariki ki te Tau Hou (Puanga is the star that guides Matariki to the New Year).

Puanga and Matariki is a time  to encourage whanaungatanga, share stories and kai. It also marks the beginning of the Māori New Year which traditionally was time to plant trees, prepare the lands for planting crops and more importantly renew links with whanau and friends.

This year's Puanga and Matariki celebrations promise to be smaller and fewer in number because of the Covid-19 interruption to planning, but they will still be meaningful for those who attend.

"To mark the occasion, we are inviting the community to take part in three community tree planting days. This year our tree planting days will help to put right some of the damage done by a fire to forest on the eastern side of Parihaka, on Abbey Caves Road last year," said Council’s Venues and Events Manager Carina De Graaf.

Matariki Community Planting Days

Matariki Community Planting Days will be held:

Saturday 27 June 2020, Saturday 11 July and Saturday 25 July 2020
10:00am – 12noon
Parihaka mountain bike carpark, Abbey Caves Road (400m from Whareora Road)
Covered-in shoes or gumboots are essential.  BYO Spade.

It will be followed by a light lunch.

Parks and Recreation Manager Sue Hodge said the site has been prepared and 10,000 native trees have been funded through the Matariki Tu Rākau Programme - part of the government’s One Billion Trees programme and led by Te Uru Rākau Forestry New Zealand.

This year the Matariki Tu Rākau programme will see communities across the country plant over 350,000 trees.

Mrs De Graaf said all members of our community are invited to mark this special time of year, plant native trees and share stories on Maunga Parihaka.

"Please dress for the weather by bringing a coat, covered-in shoes or gumboots and your own spade. Everything else will be provided for you onsite including water and sunscreen.

"Access to the site is via the Whareora Road end of Abbey Caves Road.

There will be signage and plenty of parking onsite. To ensure people of every ability can take part, people with accessibility requirements are asked to contact event organisers ahead of time.

To show respect for the environment, the planting days will be zero-waste events so recycling and organic bins will be provided onsite.

Matariki Community Planting Days are also smoke free and vape free.