Whareroa Farm Wall

Building an entrance stone wall

22nd April 2011
Simon Fern and Sascha Wassong

The Whareroa Farm wall  is based on a concept from Leon Kiel.

It is being built by masons Sascha Wassong and Simon Fern with assistance from Whareroa Guardians and co-ordination by Rachel Kiel-Taylor.

The masons were friends of Leon`s and are donating their time and expertise to see his vision completed.

It will be a river boulder wall, built on either side of gates and incorporating a cast concrete sign stating “Whareroa Farm”. There will be a separate “walk-through” gate to allow pedestrian and cycle after-hours access.

Two groups went with Sascha to select and help load about 30 tons of river boulders originating from the Ohau and Otaki rivers.

Before work started, kaumatua Tuki Takiwa (Tuwharetoa) and Taku Parai (Ngatitoarangatira) blessed the site and rocks, in the rain. Volunteers joined in this ceremony.

 

The wall,  which is growing at a great rate,  now has the farm gates hung on totara posts donated by Rachel, (from the old Odlin’s building in Petone).

Rachel has also donated about 20 tons of stones.

A list of names will be assembled at the end for the record. Some are there for long hours, others come for a bit but it all helps.

Help is needed, – please go along – between 8.30am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday, March 19/20, 26/27 and possibly the 1st weekend in April; wear boots and leather gloves.

Opening Day planning is progressing – put Saturday 30th April in your calendars now! The ceremony will start at 9.30 with a karakia at the entrance gates. The farm will be open to the public after the ceremony ends, at about 11.30am, with a procession on to the farm.

We will need helpers for ushering and looking after visitors and guiding them to the walks and places like the Dell. Parking will be offsite until after opening so helpers for car parking will also be needed.

Whareroa Guardians AGM will be held on Thursday April 14th, 7.30pm at St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki. The guest speaker will be Rob Stone, new area manager for DOC, to discuss the future of the farm and how the community can be involved.

Working Bees – on February 6th some good releasing of Ramaroa plants, and clearing in the Dell took place. Many thanks to Fred & June Rowland, Ian & Penny Redward, Theo Barsanti, Mary Beggs, Julie Lines, Dawn Bush, Peter Kentish, Dave Allen, Grant Wilson and Ann Evans.

Next working bee will be Sunday April 3rd, 9am to noon. Possibly the wall will still be proceeding but others can still come in to release or work in the Dell.

See you on the farm!

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