that ends well, and already there great activity. Jim calm, and with Harry greeting everyone, the Iona choir was in place, and the bank filling up with reds, blues and greens of the different school uniforms.
Proceedings began sharply at 1pm with Jim extending a warm welcome to us all. The Mayor, Jeremy Dwyer, Chairman of Regional Council Ross Bramwell and Jerry Hapuku all played tribute to Schnehg. The Te Aute boys performed a waiata at the end of Jerry’s speech, the Iona girls sang beautifully, and Sue from Titoki Nurseries gave an impressive description of how to plant a native tree. Both councils were well represented by councillors. Also present were the manager of Eastern & Central Community Trust, Alan Lee from DOC, Norm Olsen Regional Council engineer, Forest and Bird and Heritage Trail people, Pat Grant who was with us on that first memorable walk through rank grass and prostrate willow trees when we endeavoured to visualize the task ahead.
It really was something to see the children so happily planting, everyone involved. And just so quickly it was all over, and we all realized that there were now about 1000 trees settling into their new surroundings. Jerry’s young whanau gave an impromptu repeat of the official proceedings. They delighted members of the group when they observed their waiata and prayer when planting their tree. Sue also stayed behind after we had all left, going to every plant and, as she said, “putting them to bed for the night”.
Support has been overwhelming, and Ross Bramwell’s comments to the Eastern & Central Trust people somehow summed it all up “This little group of people has brought us together in a wonderful way. The two Councils are working together to help make this a very special place and to encourage the Havelock North community to be more aware of its environment. ” The customary refreshments were enjoyed at 86 Busby Hill where old hands and new shared their delight at the task accomplished and the joy of anticipation of its fruition.
Confirmed with contributions by associates, Cyril Park, Cyril & Fiona Whitaker, John & Mary Benson, Jean Campbell, Margot Harvey, John & Eunice Gould, Charles Bowley, Harry Trigg, Jim Watt, Jeanette Thornburrow, Alec Crockett [Crocket].”