This Sunday will see another round of native planting within the red zone at Anzac Drive Reserve on the last day of Conservation Week 2014.
“This builds on community efforts last winter to restore council reserve lands adjacent to the red zone,” says Evan Smith, Co-Chair of Avon-Otakaro Network, the group wanting to turn the Avon River red zone into an ecological reserve and multipurpose river park.
“Because of the time of year we have to plant in wet soils so we will be doing some riparian planting alongside a stream running parallel to Anzac Drive.”
The planting is the next step in the Mahinga Kai Exemplar project, a collaboration of Ngāi Tahu, Avon-Ōtākaro Network, Council Park Ranger Service, the Natural Environment Recovery Programme and Department of Conservation.
Hon Nicky Wagner, Associate Minister of Conservation and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery will be lending a hand and volunteers will be treated to a barbeque and musical entertainment.
“This is a fantastic way to celebrate Conservation Week. Several hundred people had a great family day at our Matariki planting and we hope to have another awesome community event this time,” says Smith.
The event runs from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Sunday 9 November and the site is accessed via Corserland Street, Burwood. “All welcome: bring gumboots, spades and plenty of enthusiasm.”
The event will proceed rain or shine.
Notes for editors
AvON is a not-for-profit group. Its vision is to “establish a community-driven science-informed living memorial to rejuvenate and nurture the long-term environmental, economic, community and spiritual wellbeing of the eastern suburbs and of those living throughout greater Christchurch. Our aim is to turn a tragedy into an opportunity, a polluted drain into a vibrant river system, and exhaustion and despair into hope and inspiration.”
For more information about the Mahinga Kai Exemplar Project visit: http://www.avonotakaronetwork.co.nz/projects/mahinga-kai.html