A Sunday stroll with an educational purpose was part of Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s recent ‘Parks Week’ festival in early March ’23.
Organised by Sharon Strong, Project Parore’s Katitkati Environment Activator, the ‘Haiku Hikoi’ (walk) was an opportunity to experience the beautiful Uretara river reserve and Haiku Park accompanied by fascinating commentary.
Those who attended enjoyed a leisurely walk while hearing from Haiku committee members Sandra and Margaret, who shared their knowledge about the establishment of the Haiku Pathway.
Renaturing Katikati volunteers who care for the banks of the Uretara gave an overview of the work they do; from native plantings during the cooler months, to the year round task of managing pest plants and weeds, as well as pest animal control.
The watery residents were not left out, with Keith Gregor explaining the spawning habits of inanga (whitebait) and the importance of protecting and restoring their unique habitat along the Uretara river.
Spot prizes were up for grabs for anyone who could identify some of the real bugbear pest plants such as Taiwanese cherry, Chinese privet and Japanese honeysuckle. Once pointed out, it was revealing just how prevalent and problematic these plants are. The walk finished with an ice cream for everyone.
Anyone who would like to find out more about Renaturing Katikati or be kept in the loop for future events like this one can contact Sharon via email firstname.lastname@example.org.