University of Otago Physical Education master's student
Chanel Phillips joins other student volunteers clearing
weeds along a pathway at the Hawkesbury Lagoon, in
Waikouaiti, yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A group of University of Otago students spent the weekend
volunteering with East Otago environmental groups.
The group of about 26 students were taking part in ''Ki Uta
Ki Tai: From the Mountains to the Sea'' volunteer programme,
which started on Friday and finishes today.
Yesterday, the students helped the Hawkesbury Lagoon Society
plant 56 kowhai and 36 rimu trees.
Hawkesbury Lagoon committee chairwoman Shirley McKewen said
it was great having the students to lend a hand.
''It's [difficult] getting lots of volunteers to come and do
planting in small towns like this and so to get 26 people out
working for a day, we just get a huge amount of work done,''
The students were also taught about the history of the lagoon
and its wildlife.
Other activities during the week involved the group in
learning about Maori culture, including a visit to Puketeraki
marae, helping with planting on Huriawa Peninsula, at
Karitane, and participating in a survey of Waikouaiti