Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Our Enviro School Adventure!!

Last week the Te Mahia School tamariki went on an Enviro Adventure. The morning began with planting at Whangawehi. A Totara tree was planted in memory of Matua Edward. All of our tamariki have spent time with Matua Edward in some Enviroschool workshops like pumice carving and the senior’s making purerehua. It was definitely a special moment for us all. Memories of Matua Edward are instilled within us through the sharing of his art skills, his whakaaro, his tikanga and most of all his strength and support in our community. Some of the trees the tamariki had to plant were Pohutukawa, toitoi and flax. The tamariki enjoyed planting the trees using fertilizer tablets to help the plants grow, knowing where to plant certain trees because some trees had to be planted in wet soil (closer to the river) and the other trees had to be planted further inland in the dry soil, and also working together with our junior tamariki.

Our adventure then continued up onto O’Brien’s farm. The tamariki had a blast they enjoyed exploring the farm, seeing calves, horses and a bull, and learning about the wetlands. The focus of our visit to the O’Brien’s farm was on the wetlands and sustainability of the wetlands to ensure a prosperous future for the farm. Many thanks to the parents who came, and to our Enviroschools team!!

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