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When Johnathan Sargisson contacted us to see if he could visit Matuku Link with his group of tamariki from Ngai Tahu, as part of their Taiao Mokihi Wananga – mokihi (reed raft) building workshop, of course we said yes! Great to hear about groups who inspire their youngsters to connect with the environment, with their heritage and help out in the community.

Part of the group joined me in the nursery, potting up young plants (how appropriate!) and another part of the group helped dig the drains to rescue the water supply for the plants. Then we took them for a walk through the wetland, tried to spot some eels and talked about the trees. We were only part of their week: Sophie from Whitebait Connection introduced them to the threats to inanga and the highlight was the work with Riki Bennett on their mokihi. They even made a video about it, click here to see it.

It was short and sweet, thank you for coming and we hope to see you next time!  – Annalily & the trustees