70 volunteers are needed to plant native plants on Waewaetorea.
Waewaetorea is a 47 hectare island next to Urupukapuka Island and although cattle were removed from it in the early 1990s, natural revegetation has been impeded by intensive kikuyu growth.
The plan is to plant about 1400 native plants in a small catchment facing Okahu passage. This is the 6th year of planting and will add to the 6600 plants of previous years.
Fullers have again very generously offered their large catamaran for transport at no charge and the crew will also donate their time at no charge.
- The boat will leave Paihia wharf at 0930. Be there by 0910. Return trip will leave the island at 3pm with ETA Paihia 3.30 pm approx.
- The boat will call at Russell if required. Please advise me if you intend to embark at Russell.
- Bring clean (and sharp) spade, lunch, water, towel, and waterproof jacket. Boots and spades must be clean to avoid spreading weeds and muddying the boat. Take a plastic bag to cover your spade for transport.
- A reasonable level of fitness is required as some of the terrain is steep and carrying plants is involved.
If you are interested, it is essential that you contact Rod Brown preferably by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 4074294, fax 4074297 in case the planting day has to be postponed because of the weather or any other reason.
One reason for postponement could be if the second aerial rat drop, for which 3 days of fine weather are needed conflicts with this planting day.