Last week we jointly hosted an education day at Te Ara o Wairākei, the stormwater reserve in Pāpāmoa, with Tauranga City Council.
More than 200 students, parents and teachers from Golden Sands School and Tahatai Coast School took part in the event.
The tamariki planted native trees, tested water quality, learned about tuna and other native wildlife in the reserve, as well as how to trap pests.
At the Ngā Pōtiki station, we shared some history about the area and read the kōrero Ngā Maunga Tohorā: The Whale Mountains. The students also spent time colouring in their own copies of the original motif created especially for Te Ara o Wairākei by our whanaunga Linda Munn.
We value this collaboration with Tauranga City Council and the other event partners and we are always looking for ways to strengthen our partnership with local Pāpāmoa schools and the wider community.
We hope there will be more educational events like this in the near future.
As our chairman Colin Reeder said, “The Te Ara o Wairākei education day was an opportunity to share our passion and aroha for the surrounding cultural landscapes and seascapes. It was a chance to share our stories and history with enthusiastic tamariki who are curious and eager to learn. These tamariki are the guardians of tomorrow, and to see them engaged in learning about the environment, gives us great comfort and hope.”