Whangawehi winter planting programme

Hi all,

The WCMG is proud to release the new winter 2015 planting programme. Volunteers are invited to partake to the Whangawehi Restoration Programme during two week ends and on two different sites. An over night stay on a Marae is offered for those wanting to do a little bit of work on the Sunday morning.

We are all looking forward to seeing you there

Poster available here : WhangawehiPlanting2015

When and Where :
16th and 17th of May (Taharoa Trust – Pat and Sue O’Brien : 1637 Mahia East Coast Road)
13th and 14th of June (Pongaroa Station- Shane Mildenhall : just above the Whangawehi bridge)
Postponed to the following week ends in case of bad weather (updates on whangawehi.com).
Time :
8.30 am start – just turn up!
3.30 pm End
4.30 Sausage sizzles/dinner at Tuahuru Marae
Over night stay at Tuahuru Marae (free of charge) including:
– Accommodation and food on the Marae (Saturday night)
– Breakfast and packed lunch for the Sunday.
Please RSVP with Rae Te Nahu 068375537, 0278045149 or rae.tenahu@xtra.co.nz
Planting sites will be signposted on the day from the Mahia Beach Road
Bring :
Sturdy shoes, hat, dress for the weather, rain or shine
BYO lunch and drinks for Saturday
Bring a sleeping bag/sheet/pillow for those staying overnight
Contacts :
Taharoa Trust : Pat and Sue O’Brien 068375687 or psobmahia@gmail.com
Project Coordinator : Nic Caviale 068388527 or caviale@hbrc.govt.nz

White bait habitat workshop with Te Mahia School

Te Mahia school students recorded on their blog (http://www.temahia.blogspot.co.nz/) their trip to the river to learn more about White bait habitat :

Room 1 tamariki were on the hunt for whitebait eggs on Wednesday afternoon down at the Whangawehi River. They were learning about; the different types of whitebait there are, the different types of vegetation they could see, the weather conditions, how to use GPS, and the different types of birds they could see. Sadly we couldn’t find a single whitebait egg but the tamariki know what to look for and where they can find whitebait eggs next time. Everyone enjoyed the muddy surfaces and slippery rocks resulting in some tamariki falling over and getting wet. The sound of laughter was infectious! Learning more about our whenua, our place is what Te Mahia School children enjoy. Thank you to Matua Arthur and Whaea Jenni who led the way with this project, will definitely have to wait for the next spring tide to have another go.

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