The resignation of one of our founding trustees, Vivienne McLean QSM is received with sadness and recognition of all she has achieved for Kauri 2000. Viv’s knowledge, determination and organisational abilities have been key to the trust’s success for over twenty years.
For the second year running we were restricted by COVID and unable to hold a public planting day. However, the Mercury Bay Area School’s years 7 and 8 students were our heroes at the Matarangi Reserve where a large area has been cleared of pine trees. Thanks to their hard work and lots of enthusiastic chatter there are now nearly 400 kauri growing on these hillsides complimented by tanekaha and manuka as companion plants. Another 50 kauri were planted in the same area by a team from our main sponsor, BNZ Capital Markets. A short trip to one of the BNZ’s original sites showed newcomers to the group the results of BNZ’s planting efforts over the last ten years. They were impressed! At Coromandel where more pine trees have been felled another 600 trees are in the ground thanks to Keith Stephenson and his volunteers.
Our new coordinator Rose Morcom has brought lots of energy to our small group and her organisational ability and drive to get things done is hugely appreciated. John Jenkison, our legal advisor and go-to person died recently and we pay a fond tribute to him as we recognise all he did for us over our twenty years.
The Trust receives loyal and generous support from many quarters which is truly appreciated and makes sure that we see kauri standing on the slopes of the Coromandel Peninsula once more. Alison Henry, Chairperson