Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Arbor Day Kicks Off Winter Planting Projects

3 June 2014

Arbor Day Kicks Off Winter Planting Projects

Arbor Day on 5 June this week recognises the value and importance of trees and forests in our environment. It is also the start of the winter planting season for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council which also supports some community groups and schools with their planting programmes.

Approximately 13,500 native and 12000 exotic trees and shrubs will be planted in regional parks and alongside rivers and urban streams in Hastings and Napier this season.

On Wednesday 4 June, two groups of Mahora School students will plant trees at Pekapeka Wetland, south of Hastings. On this school trip students will also use HBRC’s Pekapeka Wetland education resource to learn more about the birds, bugs and plants that live in the swamp and how the wetland works.

On Friday 6 June, Neil Dunn, Agency Manager for Hawke’s Bay Honda in Napier, will present a Honda Treefund Donation to Deputy Chairman Christine Scott at Pakowhai Country Park. A planting day for Honda customers will follow in July.

This week, HBRC’s Land Services team will take delivery of 5000 plants which farmers have purchased for riparian planting. These farmers will be fencing off streams and planting the stream banks (riparian strips) to improve water quality in their creeks and streams.

During June and July, many volunteer groups and schools will be planting around the region with support from HBRC. The Genesis Shadehouse programme will work with students from local schools to plant another section of the Karamu Stream bank at Havelock North. This programme has funding support from HBRC.

The Karamu Stream will also be the focus of June planting days by the Flaxmere College Horticultural Class, the Karamu Environmental Group volunteers and by neighbouring landowners.

In mid June, the Hastings- Havelock North Branch of Forest and Bird will begin their long term planting project at Poukawa Stream on the north end of Pekapeka Wetland.

The Karewarewa Stream will also benefit from some riparian planting by volunteers from the Bridge Pa community and local marae.

Tūtira Country Park has been a regular centre for planting days and the Napier branch of Forest and Bird have been regular volunteers, making another trip up there at the end of July.

These plantings are in addition to normal maintenance and development plantings that HBRC, landowners and councils maintain and develop through the winter planting season.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)

Public Summaries:


Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Pre-Signing: Gordon Campbell On The TPP Countdown

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news