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Otahuhu Intermediate School TfS teacher Sela Liu reports, “The children were really looking forward to their planting day on 10 September. About six hundred native seedlings that the children had raised in their TfS shade house were planted out on the Nisbet property in Brookby”. Planting Day Coordinator, Rata Gordon commented, “We had a really fun day planting. The kids were all very enthusiastic and energetic. The landowners treated them to rump steak on the barbeque for lunch”.
The school and TfS are very appreciative of the ongoing support from the Rotary Club of Otahuhu that allows a class of children every year to learn how to raise seedlings and to experience working on a planting day in a rural area. The club’s support covers the annual fee and funding a bus to transport the children to and from the planting site.
Glenbrook School recently completed the 5th, and final, planting at the property of Kevin and Jo Gubb. Among those helping on the day were Auckland Council Field Officer Rata Garden and Anna McNaughton.
Rata is Auckland Council Field Officer working with Sue Crawshay, and responsible for seven schools in Franklin area and five Water Care Services-sponsored schools in the Hunua catchment area. She was recently interviewed for TV4s Moe Show programme filmed at the Waiuku Primary School TfS planting day.
Field Officers change:
Anna McNaughton was a long time TfS Field Officer for Auckland Council responsible for schools on the Awhitu Peninsula. Awhitu District School, Waipipi Primary, Waiuku College, Glenbrook School, Patumahoe, Waiau Pa and more recently Waiuku Primary have enjoyed years of Anna’s visits, dropping off supplies, and teaching teachers, pupils and volunteers the techniques for the horticultural work involved.She also formed ongoing relationships with many landowners, returning for repeated plantings to increase the area of reforestation. Most of these schools worked at Awhitu Regional Park gathering and propagating seed under the tuition of Park Ranger John Allen.
Anna has worked with Jane Patterson and students at Waiuku College on annual environmental workshops at Big Bay. Recently, in her ongoing involvement with Landcare Awhitu, she has helped form a relationship to share the nursery and knowledge with children from adjacent Awhitu District School.
Now Anna continues to teach children and adults in her community about the problems of erosion and water quality, and the importance of planting native species for improving our environment.
New Support Organisation:
TfS welcomes a new Support Organisation which has entered into Partnership with Edgewater College, Auckland Council and the Trees for Survival Charitable Trust. Pakuranga Rotarian John Brunt, Managing Director, and Manager Mike Brunt of Aqua Clear Products, East Tamaki recently formalised their commitment to sponsor the College where the programme is run by teacher Luisa Liu Webster with Employment Skills Class of Year 12 and 13 students.
Edgewater College has had a PGU and programme sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mt Eden from 2000 until 2011, and in recent years the Somerville Unit class had charge of the TfS programme under Valerie Van Nierkirk.
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