Blake Conroy (9, left), Liam Wilson (10, centre) and Devin
Colston (10) plant trees at East Taieri School. Photo by
East Taieri School is looking even lusher and greener
than usual after being given $1000 of native trees to plant on
Principal Jennifer Horgan said the trees were offered by the
Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust, which was running a
Love Your Water roadshow around New Zealand.
''Ideally, they were looking for a school with a stream or a
river running through it, so East Taieri School was
suggested,'' Mrs Horgan said.
A group of trust representatives visited the school last
Friday to give a presentation before joining pupils to plant
about 250 native trees supplied by Blueskin Nurseries.
Mrs Horgan said the content of the trust's presentation was
aimed at establishing a love for water among the pupils, and
getting them to visualise how precious water is on our
The goal was also to educate pupils so they could explain the
difference between a healthy river and a sick river, what
caused rivers to get sick and what could be done to reverse
the damage. Planting trees is part of the reversal process.
Mrs Horgan said about 40 pupils helped to plant the trees
along the banks of the Owhiro Stream, which runs through the
The plantings were designed to help boost the eco-system
surrounding the waterway.
''It will be a great benefit to the school,'' Mrs Horgan