Pupils help with wetland work

A mix of community members and school children joined in the planting project. Photos: Sally Brooker
A mix of community members and school children joined in the planting project. Photos: Sally Brooker
Volunteers from Maheno and Kakanui Schools, plus Kakanui community members, plant out both the...
Volunteers from Maheno and Kakanui Schools, plus Kakanui community members, plant out both the slope and flat land near the river.
Fieldlab director Max Crowe (left), who planned the planting layout, discusses the particulars...
Fieldlab director Max Crowe (left), who planned the planting layout, discusses the particulars with North Otago Sustainable Land Management co-ordinator Rob McTague.
A shingle area close to the river gets its share of the new plants.
A shingle area close to the river gets its share of the new plants.
Maheno School pupils get down to work.
Maheno School pupils get down to work.

Children from two North Otago schools helped to plant out a stretch of land near the mouth of the Kakanui River on Thursday. Twenty-five Maheno School pupils got started, then were joined by a group from  nearby Kakanui School.

The project was organised by the North Otago Sustainable Land Management Group, which identified the area on the corner of Maheno-Kakanui and Waianakarua Rds to be developed as a wetland.

More than 1000 plants — flax, cabbage trees, shrub tussock, kahikatea, manuka, ribbonwood and a variety of wetland species — were dug in by the school pupils, helped by the Kakanui Garden Club, Kakanui Ratepayers and Improvement Society, Kakanui Volunteer Rural Fire Force, Waianakarua Lions Club, Stanger Fencing, Specialised Services Group, Fieldlab and Fonterra Farm Source.

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