Carol Taurua-McCready (left) and University of Otago
chaplain the Rev Greg Hughson bless some of the trees which
have been relocated as part of the Water of Leith flood
protection work at the University of Otago.
A short service was held in front of the university's
chemistry building last week.
Mr Hughson said the service was an acknowledgement of the
concern and grief changes in the landscape had caused some
Students Destynee Poutama and Ms Taurua-McCready both enjoyed
sitting under the willow trees on the Leith's west bank,
opposite the Registry Building, so were upset when they were
cut down recently.
Ms Taurua-McCready said she found other students felt the
same so with the help of Mr Hughson had organised a blessing
of the smaller trees which had been relocated to a green area
in front of the chemistry building.
''I feel at peace,'' she said after the service.