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Celebrating Arbor Day under the Matariki sky

Celebrating Arbor Day under the Matariki sky


With the stars aligned for Mäori New Year, GWRC celebrated the region’s strong ties to the land through joint Matariki and Arbor Day celebrations.

Two thousand trees were planted - 1000 each in Käpiti’s Queen Elizabeth Park and Upper Hutt’s Battle Hill Farm Forest Park - in mass plantings to help restore the parks’ forests and celebrate the new growth that will follow.

Local schools and community groups did the planting, followed by a well-earned sausage sizzle after the saplings were safely in the ground, and celebrations for Matariki.

Matariki is the beginning of the Mäori New Year and signals a time to connect with the land, look to the future and celebrate new beginnings. The planting of the Arbor Day trees honours this by restoring our woodlands and forests and preparing them for the future.

“These events bring us together for that purpose and leave a lasting legacy of trees that will grow through decades of Matariki and Arbour Days to come” says GWRC parks manager Amanda Cox.