June 05, 2018
Tree planting for past and future
Associate Forestry Minister Meka Whaitiri was part of a group planting trees at Hukarere Girls College in Napier as part of Matariki Tu Rakau, a remembrance programme marking the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Ms Whaitiri says 350,000 trees will be available for communities to plant trees on public and reserve land during the winter.
She hopes planting trees will become part of kiwi culture.
National list MP Nuk Koraka was at the Christchurch Adventure Park for the planting of the 500 seedlings by Te Tapuwae o Rakau Trust.
The trust was formed last year to assist organisations replant native trees on the Port Hills, which has been affected by the Canterbury earthquakes and last year's massive fire.
He says 10 million trees will be needed to replant the whenua, so it will be a multi-generational effort starting today.
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