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Community group making significant environmental change

Friends of Otaki River are a group on a mission to restore land in the wider Wellington region. Concentrating on land regeneration is only one aspect of their goal, the team also aim to enhance their community’s environmental awareness.

This conservation effort is driven by 35 passionate volunteers that gather every Wednesday morning to discuss matters ranging from planting plans to volunteers too funding. With multiple projects currently underway, such as: Walkway Developments, the Transpower Bridge, the Plant Nursery, Estuary Viewing Lookouts, the Greenfield Picnic Area, Wetland Boardwalks, the Information Kiosk and the Fernery, the group is a busy bunch.

Each year Friends of Otaki hold at least four public planting days. On top of this, frequent planting sessions are regularly completed by their 300 members, local schools and corporate teams. The group is about to embark on an ambitious winter, between May and July five planting days are already scheduled. The final session is on Sunday the 21st of July, when the group will plant 1000 trees around the Waimanu Stream. This is thanks to Honda’s support via Trees That Count, who are one of the many funders that have contributed to this restoration programme.

This land is clearly loved and cared about. The undoubtable commitment of Friends of Otaki River, alongside their funders’ support, has transformed the area into a space of native abundance. The group has more plans in the pipeline to continue to enhance the river’s natural and tranquil state.



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