We decided that for our Christmas function this year we were going to give back to the community and the Ko Te Pukaki Maori Ecological Restoration Project spoke loudly to us.
This restoration project is run by a Marae-based organisation whose vision is to return 35 hectares of its land at Bastion Point back to ngahere (its original state of forest). Over the last 10 years more than 140,000 trees have been planted which has changed the ecological environment for flora and fauna. While 10 years ago the vast land overlooking the Waitemata Harbour was void of birds, now there are Tui flying above head, singing in the trees and Pukeko roaming around freely.
Our team were tasked with releasing the roots of trees from the surrounding scrub, on a hillside that had been planted some months prior. Being first shown the methodology we were required to use we knuckled in and set out in completing our set task on time!
When we first arrived, we were greeted with a Mihi Whakatau, followed by a Hikoi and Kerero, which is a walk and talk of the area, delving into the rich history of Bastion Point and the local area and how far they have come from the sorrow that once enveloped Ngati Whatua.
Auckland put on a spectacular day for us! We were blessed to have warm, and at points very hot weather and we are so thankful to be able to be involved in this restoration and highly recommend to anyone looking at giving back to our Auckland
Thank you for having us Ngati Whatua