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Matariki combines with SOSSI planting

Posted at 4:27pm Tuesday 02 Jul, 2019

A turnout of more than 200 keen volunteers at the planting at Shakespear Regional Park on June 16 means there will be only one further public planting required – on July 14.

At this planting, the day will be enhanced with elements of Matariki, put together by the Future Whangaparaoa Trust, with support from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society Inc (SOSSI).

The day begins with a whakatau welcome by representatives of Gulf Harbour School and Te Herenga Waka o Orewa marae.

Following the welcome, park rangers and SOSSI volunteers will coordinate the planting of more than 5000 native seedlings.

Shakespear Regional Park senior ranger, Matt Maitland says this planting will create approximately half a hectare of new habitat within Shakespear Open Sanctuary for the burgeoning wildlife.

Once the planting is complete, at around 1pm, there will be a free sausage sizzle for all helpers and a performance by the Gulf Harbour School's Kaka Haka group. Free Matariki themed activities will be on offer from 1pm-2.30pm, provided by Te Herenga Waka o Orewa marae, the Hibiscus Coast Astronomical Society, Future Whangaparaoa Trust and Live Lightly.

Helpers are asked to wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather and bring gloves and narrow spades if possible. Follow signs from the park entrance to reach the planting site.

Sara Mason, Future Whangaparaoa community activator says she hopes the event helps locals to learn more about the significance of Matariki, contribute to the development of Shakespear Regional Park, and build stronger community connections.

Info: www.facebook.com/events/440760110086840/ or email Sara Mason sara@whangaparaoa.info

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