South Taranaki Star
A new wall of flaxes, grasses and cabbage trees is improving the scenery at Hawera's Turuturu Mokai redoubt.
Mount Egmont Alpine Club members, Tawhiti School students and volunteers gathered at the pa site recently to distribute plants earned under the school's Paper4Trees scheme.
The scheme rewards schools that recycle with free eco-sourced native plants.
This year, Tawhiti School donated its extra plants to the clean-up effort at the disused area.
Turuturu Mokai clean-up voluntary project manager Milton Whareaitu said it was exciting to see the community getting involved with the project.
"Help is thinning out these days," he said.
Focus has moved from clearing out the on-site mess to beautifying the facility and making it more user-friendly.
For that, Whareaitu said it was important that they continue to replace native plants, fence, and repair the damaged and abandoned kiosk.
Whareaitu has worked at the site for two years now and said he was in the final year of the redevelopment.
"It's good because the progress that we've had down here has matched that time-line [we had projected]".
With no budget or funds for the clean-up, Whareaitu said he was always grateful for offers of help.
Shell Todd Oil Services Paper4Trees ambassador Steve McKean visited the site to help out with the planting. The first time he had visited the site, McKean said efforts made were "outstanding".
"To come here and see what they are doing is great," he said.
"It's a great initiative and there are so many rewards with what they are doing".
McKean said more than 100 schools in Taranaki were involved in the recycling programme.
Since it started, more than 4700 trees have been distributed.