• Hundreds of natives to be planted with help from the community

Hundreds of natives to be planted with help from the community

Eight hundred natives are set to be planted in the final community planting day of the season.

The Wairua Regeneration Project Year Two will be held tomorrow morning from 10am.

Hawke's Bay Regional Councillor Hinewai Ormsby says the project will restore a once small wetland alongside the Taipō stream that runs in the Ahuriri Estuary.

Together with husband Cam, they are donating the last 500 natives for the 2022 Winter season from their nursery. This season has already seen them donate 2000 to community planting days around Hawke's Bay. 

Ormsby says the Wairua Project is the first of its kind and began in 2020 with the planting of 1000 natives.

It is the collaboration of land owners the McArdle family, local DOC, funding from Napier City Council and the Ormsby whānau. 

"The outcomes of such a collaborative project include huge environmental wins that take a community to achieve. And it is totally achievable to do a stretch of planting at a time," Ormsby says. 

"The wins for now and future generations include; enhancement in fish habitat and abundance, biodiversity, improved water quality and the general localised revitalisation of eco-systems. All are welcome to join us on Sunday. Bring a spade, gloves and warm clothing."

It will be held tomorrow from 10am at Taipo Stream, 82 Fryer Rd, Poraiti, Napier. For more information, click here.

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