Conservation Volunteers Visit - 9 April 2021
On Friday, 9 April 2021 we had a planned visit from Conservation Volunteers to do some mahi at Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi marae.
We arrived around 8.05am to setup for the day when around 8.15am a car drove in with the first couple of volunteers who arrived early. The rest of the volunteer crew arrived just after 9am.
From the marae we had Matua Trevor, Matua Matt and Matua Gary along with our Kaitari / Secretary Whaea Leighsah and myself Matua Harry attended to participate in the days events. We also had a visit from Conservation Volunteer boss Sonja Urban and Park Ranger Denise Clements.
Matua Trevor laid the plan of what mahi the volunteers were to do and without any fuss the crew of 12 in total, set off for a Health and Safety brief by Dave, head volunteer. After the H&S brief, the crew got allocated hi-vis vests, some gear and set off to start their mahi.
The tasks set were to do a small amount of planting and lots of maintenance/weeding in the 2 gardens out the from entrance way of Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi, then continue onto the harakeke along the out-side front parameter of the marae. Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi put on morning tea and lunch. Kei te pai Whaea Leighsah for the awesome kai! Shortly after both break times the crew headed out again to continue with the mahi.
The Conservation Volunteers were a very pleasant group of people from all walks of life, from Varsity Students to Accountants and others, who all took time out of their busy schedule and work life to particpate in the ongoing mahi at the marae to maintain our taonga/treasure.
Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi is truly grateful for your contribution.