Forty Kahutara School pupils teamed-up with a community group for a planting day at Ōnoke Spit on Friday 25 May.
The two kilometre stretch of public conservation land is made up of coarse sand battered by the swells of Palliser Bay, regular gales from the Remutaka Ranges and inundation from Lake Ōnoke. Despite the tough conditions, Ōnoke Spit has its own collection of hardy native animals and plants, with a few rare species, such as the Caspian tern and native sand tussock.
Local residents Denise and Dougal MacKenzie co-ordinate the Friends of Ōnoke Spit that began planting native plants at the spit in 2010. Kahutara School pupils have been involved for the past eight years in weeding and mulching the plantings and putting new native plants in the ground that are suited to the environment. This year the pupils, the friends and staff from the Department of Conservation and Greater Wellington Regional Council planted 400 taupata, salt-marsh ribbonwood, oioi (jointed rush) and harakeke (flax).
Original article by Jim Flack.