A huge thank you to the fantastic team from Qantas in Auckland who came out on Friday 24th March to lend a helping hand to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei at their site at Whenua Rangatira. The team of ten volunteers got stuck into removing invasive kikuyu grass that was threatening to strangle and prevent the growth of native harakeke (flax) that were planted by volunteers on this site. This is a critical plant maintenance task in the face of a bold stance taken by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to manage the site without using agrichemicals.
Hand weeding is not an easy activity but the team from Qantas dove straight in full of energy and enthusiasm with a great attitude and achieved almost twice as much as was expected of them. We ended the day with a delicious BBQ. It was an extremely fun and successful day in which we achieved a lot. Thank you, Qantas. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Even though the Whenua Rangatira is Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei land, under the 1991 Ōrākei Act it is co-managed with Auckland Council and it is open to public access. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is returning Whenua Rangatira to lush native bush for everyone in the community to enjoy. The project is lead by the Ōkahu Rākau nursery and bush maintenance team which employs about 18 whanau full or part-time. This team aims to grow as many native trees and shrubs as possible to restore the areas biodiversity and protect the nearby waterways. These plants act as a filter and all plants are eco sources and grown on site in the nursery.
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