Waikanae Pupils Planting

Waikanae School Pupils Help Reclaim Old

Sewage Works for Nature Reserve


June 5, 2010
Pictures by Jack Penman

A large group of children from the Waikanae Primary School are doing their bit for conservation by replanting land formerly used for sewage treatment at Waikanae Beach.

The 33 children aged from nine to eleven are taking part in the reclamation project at the former Waikanae Treatment Plant.

It’s the fourth time the children – from the Year 4,5 and 6 syndicate — have helped out.

They work with members of the Pharazyn Reserve Group, Forest and Bird Society, DOC, and the Waimeha Lagoon Restoration Group.

The latest visit took place just before Queen’s Birthday weekend, with the children visiting in three shifts throughout Friday morning.

As well as planting and mulching, they were given a talk and planting demonstration. Pharazyn members and supporters supervised and helped the children to plant.

And the kids also saw how plants they put in last year have grown.

Parents were invited to join the trip, but had to take their own vehicles as the school bus was full of enthusiastic children!

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