Starting from 8am the YROA YNOT crew were already busy in preparation for the day's activities. The sky was clear and the weather prospects suggested a nice sunny day. At 9am the hole's began to be dug with the help from some community service workers.
The day was opened by members of the Wairoa Taiwhenua who came and gave karakia, told history and shared some quick stories about the awa (river) Wairoa Hopupu Honengenenge Matangirau. They also blessed our plants prior to us planting in the hopes for good outcomes.
45 people were in attendance, participants including the YROA YNOT rangatahi group, Wairoa College students & teachers, business providers and random members of the Wairoa community.The rubbish was collected and a round of spot prizes was given out. 20kgs of rubbish was measured as the total weight picked up from the Wairoa riverbank.
Following on the group began the tree planting. Roughly 120 plants including natives as well as other purifiers and stabilizers for the river were used such as; harakeke and whariki (flaxes), pohuehue, carex secta and small corkwoods, It was definitely a team effort by the remainder who stuck it out to the end, to check the plants and spread the giant pile of mulch.
After tiding our site area the event wrapped up by giving away the remainder of the spot prizes and the Major prize of a $500 bike voucher was drawn.
Thanks to the support from Jenni Scothern King (Enviroschools), Wairoa Westpac (Amanda), Wairoa Taiwhenua, Wairoa Correction Services, Wairoa District Council, The Wairoa Star, Ministry of Youth Development and Ministry of Social Development.