Introduction

Soggy conditions did not deter those taking part in another very successful Whakaipo Bay community planting day in Taupo recently.

Date:  08 September 2015

Around 100 people came along to the Greening Taupo led day, planting over two thousand natives in under two hours.

Planting at Whakaipo Bay has taken place annually for the past 28 years, changing the landscape of the reserve gradually, making it a better place for our birds, and encouraging more and more people to use this designated recreation reserve.

Lisa Pellowe and her daughter Emma Billington transforming Whakaipō Bay one plant at a time.
Lisa Pellowe and her daughter Emma Billington transforming Whakaipō Bay one plant at a time.

“It was a fantastic turnout!” said Robyn Ellis of Greening Taupo. “A huge thank you the Tindall Foundation for their continued support and to the Girl Guides, Scouts and Environment Waikato and all the locals who helped out on the day – it shows just how invested the local community really is in Whakaipo Bay.”

This is a timely reminder, as the Department of Conservation have just started a public consultation process to inform the development of a ten year management plan for the reserve.

The public consultation aims to identify the current recreational, environmental, community and cultural values of the reserve. It will also explore a range of views on freedom camping at Whakaipo Bay.

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