Over 100 people were welcomed onto Poutu Marae on Sunday June 29 for the final planting in an iwi-led project to plant 1,300 natives alongside the Manawatu River.
A two-day community planting session is to take place on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th June, with the community invited to enjoy a walk along the River, listen to local history and help to plant a few native plants. All that’s required is a pair of gumboots some gloves and a spade, as lunch will be provided.
Te Kāuru-Hapū Collective is spearheading a project to restore Parahaki Island at the Ashhurst entrance to the Gorge, with all invited to don their gumboots for a planting day on May 31.
The Island was once well utilised by Rangitāne tīpuna as a Mahinga Kai site and work has been carried out over the past few years to clean up the significant area.
There's been a quiet transformation taking place along the river's edge in Palmerston North. As stop banks have been improved, so too has the walkway, signage and access; opening the door for cyclists, walkers and joggers to enjoy the river's beauty.