Location: Waitawa Regional Park (near Kawakawa Bay on east coast 50 mins from Auckland)
Team size: 5 - 25
Greater Auckland is home to 35 regional parks, open for all the community to enjoy - making the most of the great outdoors and the natural flora and fauna of Aotearoa. Waitawa Regional Park was only opened to the public in 2014 and is made up of three small peninsulas and fronts onto four bays. It is a recreation park, planned and developed with outdoor activities, exercise and fun in mind, so there are lots of tracks for walking, mountain biking and horse riding.
Tree Planting – Waitawa is a relatively new Regional Park and so there are many areas still to be planted with native trees . The tree planting season is from the end of May to the beginning of July – a relatively short season as the ground needs to be wet but not too wet!. There are public planting days on most weekends in this time period and there is also the chance for large corporate groups to have a planting day during the week if they book in advance . Smaller groups can be accommodated just before a planting day when they can help lay out the trees for the public, or just after the weekend when they can plant the trees that the public didn’t get to.
In addition there is one off project where volunteers will be asked to contribute their skills and strengths towards improving the parks standard of track to a higher level, this creating a positive experience for all the users of the park for many years to come. There is plenty of track and shouldn’t take too long to complete approx 5 hours of work.
The tasks involved on the day will be:
· shovelling gravel into wheelbarrows
· spreading the gravel along the track.
· Compacting gravel and forming a good track to high standard and taking into account the hydrology of the track
Require a large group of 10 people or more (not critical on how many people are available but the more people are available the easier the task will be)
Medium fitness required
Must be willing to meet at Waitawa
Bring all their own personal equipment (water ,lunch, appropriate clothing, medication, covered footwear, gloves etc)
Rebecca Smith is the ranger out at Waitawa and we’ll be working with her on this project.
Timetable of park activities are as follows;
February through to early May - Track work and maintenance
Late May through to July - Tree planting
August through to January - General park maintenance, beach clean up, fence fixing
Come and spend a day outdoors helping to create a wonderful park for future generations and wildlife to enjoy by providing healthy trees, tracks and spaces for recreation.
By participating in this volunteering opportunity you are helping achieve the following United Nations Sustainability Goals ;
Goal 6 -Clean water and sanitation
Goal 12 - Responsible consumption and production
Goal 13 - Climate action
Goal 15 - Life on land