Back to Te Hapua Wetlands

Trip Start Mar 19, 2010
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Trip End May 23, 2010


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Kowhai House

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Monday, May 10, 2010

    Back to work today, and actually it was back to Te Hapua Wetlands, where we were two weeks ago. Another beautiful sunny day too! Morning tea when we arrived this time was a spiced apple coffee cake, oj, and water. It's so hard being a volunteer, lol (sometimes it really is though!). After 'tea' we headed out to the wetlands to do some planting. It was in the so called 'Sahara' part of the property because the land is really dry there. So our job was to plant some flax plants that are a 'hardy' type of plant - good for that area. We set up a sort of system where one person cleared the grass, another dug the hole, another watered the hole, another planted, and another put in the stake and protector.  I was mostly doing planting and 'protecting' which was nice work (except I had some holes in my right hand glove and so some of my fingers got awfully dirty...).
    That lasted until lunch time and we returned to the house to eat on the deck. No discussions on politics this time, just about smoking, Wall-E, the cost of buying lunches, etc. After lunch we returned to the same area but this time planted some manuka trees, did some tree releasing and then planted some sort of pine trees in another area... and that took us until about 4 p.m.
    I enjoyed the planting work today; it's a different feeling than doing just weeding or releasing. You're planting this living thing, treating it with care in order that it survives. You really got to appreciate how much work goes into planting these new trees and shrubs and you realize what a loss it is when they die because you put a lot of effort into planting them!
    So yeah, I got to work with shovels and 'forks' and wheel barrows today, avoided electric fences, almost got trampled by a cow, and did a lot of planting! It was such a pleasant day though and the setting was great too with the mountains in the distance.
    We left after 4 and arrived home pretty late at 5:15. Dinner wasn't ready until about 6:40 but one of the guys did a great job making chicken stuffed with feta and tomato sauce and wrapped in bacon, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, and broccoli...it was a feast! Later after dinner we watched Walk the Line and then I headed to bed! Off to the zoo again tomorrow - and hopefully we wont be working in the moat again!
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