Aug 19 2013

Living Legends Tree Planting Great Success

Yesterday HSIS participated in the nationwide tree planting programme “Living Legends”, initiated by the government to pay tribute to the rugby world cup hosted in NZ in 2011.

Hika Reid (left)

Hika Reid (left)

Hika Reid (All Black 1980-1986) is one of 17 Kiwi rugby legends to have a conservation project dedicated to him. He represents the Bay of Plenty in one of 17 tree planting projects being run as part of community conservation project Living Legends launched during the 2011 rugby world cup. Bay of Plenty is the only region to have two planting projects – one at the Kaituna Wetland near Tauranga and the other at our very own beloved Hamurana Springs. Each project is managed with New Zealand provincial rugby unions and is dedicated to each regional “legend” selected by the unions. The rugby legends have been chosen for their significant contribution to New Zealand rugby, as a player or administrator for their region.
The second planting day at Hamurana held on 18 August attracted around 100 volunteer planters and was supported by local and national government representatives, Kevin Winters (Rotorua Mayor) and Todd McClay, our local member of parliament.
It was great to see so many planters present on a fine and sunny Sunday morning, and great to have such a community boost to our membership and efforts as the principal organisation involved in maintenance and enhancement of this special conservation reserve. HSIS members helped plant 3000 trees which have in-filled previous plantings and added ground cover to waste farmland along the northern boundary of the reserve. We got the opportunity to meet Hika Reid, Kevin Winters and Todd McClay who all helped and encouraged the community to plant so many trees in just a few short hours, and we handed out goodies to the crowd and distributed brochures to as many participants as possible.
The Department of Conservation led the day and along with Living Legends organising committee, provided a yummy sausage sizzle and light refreshments for all participants after the planting. At the luncheon, Living Legends Operations Manager Gordon Hosking, paid tribute to HSIS for their achievements and previous planting efforts at the reserve. We are very grateful to DOC, Living Legends and all helpers who have given us such a boost to our beautification projects at Hamurana.
Kerry Oates
President HSIS

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