After 5 years of the Environment Committee, the original members are leaving Hillmorton this year. Now there is a new generation of Year 7 and Year 9 students on board who have just been on a riparian planting mission in Koukourarata Marae (Port Levy).

The new Environment Committee travelled to Koukourarata Marae for an overnight camp. The Marae has been renovated and is beautiful and the group fully appreciated the view of the ocean. Once settled in, the pack wandered the hills checking out previous planting efforts of Hillmorton and other groups in the community. There was enough sun for the group to do some bombs off the jetty before making nachos, play some board games before going to bed in the wharenui.

Then the students spent the morning clearing weeds from small or juvenile native plants in a stream bed. Students learned about the value of riparian planting and its effects on water quality in streams and oceans. 

Thankyou to Marion Crofts, Manaia Cunningham and Peter Ramsden from Koukourarata for having us yet again. 

Thank you and goodbye to our past members. See photos attached of the Environment Alumni in past years.

By Geordie Dann

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