Trees grow on Rotary money
A group of young gardeners can carry on with work to restore Tawaipariera Creek thanks to a cash gift from the island's branch of Rotary.
This year's group of Waiheke Primary year 5 and 6 students involved with the project turned out on Friday to receive a cheque for $4322 from Waiheke Rotary. It was presented by president Graham Shoebridge and members Sherryn El Bakary and Margaret Hewitt - both directly involved with the branch's youth initiatives. It will enable the students to continue replanting native trees.
Year 6 student Emma Muir-Woodley, 12, was among a group of four involved with the plantings last year.
"Some of the trees were grown from seed but most were little seedlings when we got them," she says.
"We planted them but a lot died because they were put in wrongly or didn't get enough water. We've learned from that and have been more successful since. I've definitely enjoyed doing it. It's pretty cool getting that money from Rotary. I think it will be spent on plant food and stuff like that."
Rotary is helping Waiheke Primary School students to take an active role in restoring Tawaipariera Creek through Auckland Council's Waicare, Trees for survival and Parks volunteer programmes.
The school's year 5 and 6 students monitor water quality, control weeds, plant and raise trees.