Ngāti Koata representatives Matt Hippolite, Pene Geiger, Noela McGregor and Ammon Kātene participated in the tree planting project at Moawhitu on d’Urville Island last week. The tree planting is part of a wider restoration programme that includes eel surveys and sampling, water quality sampling, impedement, and wetland restoration around the lake at Moawhitu. This is the second year of planting in partnership with our corporate sponsors and the Department of Conservation. Volunteers from Ngāti Koata, the sponsors, DoC and the wider community planted over 3000 plants around the lake and surrounding wetlands.
This is a very important project for Ngāti Koata because the overall restoration plan aims to revitalise the wetlands and lake for the environment, and for our cultural harvesting of tuna kia hoki mai te manu hākapakapa.
As project manager, Matt has been instrumental in breathing life into the restoration plan and weaving together the funders, the plant nurseries, DoC, community groups and iwi.
It was an awesome four days of laughs, hard work and a job well done. We would like to thank our sponsors, our partners at DoC, and to all those who participated from the community and Ngāti Koata.