MP and peace-lovers dig in for a good cause
It's all action at the award-winning McKenzie Reserve project with 1000 donated trees being planted over several volunteer days.
Last weekend saw two volunteer groups working with the Friends of McKenzie Reserve – one from off-island, the Bluegreens, and one from the Sacred Blessing Sanctuary, a meditation retreat with close links to the reserve.
Saturday's volunteers from the sanctuary planted 200 nikau they had donated to the planting programme.
They had been grown from seedlings and nurtured over four years by Alan Smith at the Sanctuary.
Sunday's 9am ferry brought across Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye and members of the National Party Bluegreens to join local party members. They continued with the digging, planting and mulching.
This was their first excursion to McKenzie Reserve but they are not new to Waiheke, having planted trees in Alison Park last year.
Despite the weather they managed to get several hundred trees in the ground before rain stopped play.
Planting co-ordinator Penny Ericson says: "We are indebted to groups like these, which enable us to achieve our long-term goals in one of the island's most challenging conservation projects.
"People who will willingly give up a day of their weekend to dig holes in the mud need to be applauded and congratulated," she says.