A fine example of community partnership

From left: Eric Taylor, Don Wills, Allison Hammett and Anna McNaughton.

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In October, Awhitu District School held a Trees for Survival Review Session led by Dianne Patterson of Trees for Survival Charitable Trust, and attended by Eric Taylor, Principal; Don Wills, President of the Rotary Club of Waiuku (the school’s sponsor); Allison Hammett, TfS teacher and Anna McNaughton, TfS Field Officer for Auckland Council.

It was a chance to look back to the inception of the programme in 1985. All in all a positive exercise since Ms Hammett is a keen environmentalist, and well-organised when it comes to integrating the TfS programme into her classroom curriculum.

Shade care for young seedlings

Irrigated outdoor areas






Adam of Landcare discussing irrigation





The school has been cooperating with the establishment of the Awhitu Peninsula Landcare Inc. nursery on a property adjacent to the school grounds. Anna has a role as a Landcare Officer/Planting Coordinator. It’s a reciprocal arrangement and part of the TfS programme is going to be run in that facility. As Anna observed, “the children will be working in a real nursery alongside, and with help from, Landcare Volunteers”. The TfS seedlings will be kept in well-defined areas, and their supplies will be stored in their own locked garden shed that was provided by the Rotary Club of Waiuku.

A report by Dianne Patterson, TFS Field Officer, Auckland South

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Awhitu School's proud record of loyal participation in TfS