SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2013
This year’s AGM is a busy and interesting day centered around Waikanae. With a focus on community activities to increase tree planting and improve the environment – we will visit a local school, a river and the home of one of our valued committee members.
10:30am School Visit, Waikanae
This year the branch has started to develop a number of community projects, including providing mentoring, support and information to Kapanui School.
We have donated food trees to the school and worked with the school children and teachers to plant the trees this year.
Kapanui School is an enviro-school and the teachers and students are very enthusiastic about the project. This visit is a chance to see what progress has been made.
We will be shown round by Michelle Whitaker, the teacher responsible for the project (around 45 minutes).
12pm – John and Judith’s home – Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu
Will be followed by lunch and a quick look at the property.
They have a 1 hectare block with passive-solar designed house complete with planted roof.
They follow permaculture principles in integrating the house with its environment.
In the 12 years since they bought the land they have transformed over-grazed sand dunes into a bit of an organic wilderness!
Having established shelter from the coastal winds they have created raised vegetable beds and begun to grow a small orchard – citrus, nut, stone and pip fruit and soft fruits.
Please bring a fold-up chair if you have one for the AGM.
Friends of the Waikanae River
2:30pm – Otaihanga Domain
The Friends work to “enhance the river environment and maintain it in optimum condition”.
They organise regular working bees and have planted thousands of native trees along the river.
Their efforts have re-vitalised and transformed the river into a popular area for recreation, with well-used walking/cycle tracks.
Feriel Falconer, chair of the Friends, will guide us on a walk along the river, starting at Otaihanga Domain.
It will be a leisurely stroll along a well-formed, flat track, though varied and extensive native plantings.
This could take around an hour and a half.
If you wish to read about the efforts and achievements of the group, visit their website at www.friendswaikanaeriver.itgo.com