May 18, 2016
Maungakiekie happy place for tree planting
The chair of Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority says Auckland’s tribes have reached the happy place they needed to be for replanting of Maungakiekie One Tree Hill.
The tihi or summit has been bare of vegetation since the ancient and injured Monterey pine was removed 16 years ago.
Paul Majurey says replanting had to wait for the settlement of Tamaki Makaurau claims settlement, the return in the Maori to iwi and the formation of the maunga authority.
Technical and tikanga advice has gone into the choice of trees, as well as supporting plants like kiekie to help the seedlings cope with the tough environment.
"We need to grow the trees to have the best change of success. They are going to be the nine trees, the shrubbery around them. There'll be fencing to keep those trees safe. Not all those trees will survive and within a decade or two the strong ones will emerge and that will ultimately find it's way to being a single tree and that could either be a Pohutukawa or Totara," says Paul Majurey.
A planting ceremony will be held on the summit at dawn on June 11.
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