Havelock Community Association held a planting day over the school holidays, with over 500 native species flanking a recently completed section of the Motuweka Havelock Community Pathway. It’s been years in the making to complete this section near Slogan Street that leads to the wider Link Pathway.
There was a lot of collaboration involved to get to this point, said Don Pointon, who is a member of the Havelock Community Association and on the working group for Te Hoiere Project.
“The final step for us was to beautify the area and get the community involved. This is something that you could say a few years or even a generation from now ‘Hey I helped plant that tree,’” he said.
Department of Conservation owns this land and had to first eradicate an invasive rainbow skink before the Link Pathway Trust could build this final piece of the community pathway. Upon its completion, Havelock Community Association purchased native plants, while Te Hoiere Project helped with site preparation, planting, and will continue maintenance during the plants’ establishment.
J&S Mears Contracting is usually on-hand to plant the trees for Te Hoiere Project, but this day they were on-hand to also teach the community the ins and outs of planting. (Photos: Havelock Community Association)