12 October 2023

Community planting at Auraki Stream road retreat

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Our Higgins Manawatu team recently celebrated progress on a major road repair by holding a community planting day.

In 2015, a cyclone caused major damage near Raetihi. Higgins has done a number of repairs in the area, and the ‘Auraki Stream road retreat’ is the final piece of the puzzle. Project Manager Regan Hunt has been working on the retreat project since November 2021. He says the Green Team’s done a lot of work with iwi to design and execute the project. “When we started planting, the iwi suggested we included the local community and kura, so we organised a community planting day. We started the event by talking through the project, then we did a karakia, got planting, and held a BBQ at the end. We arranged some supervised time with some of our machinery for the kids – and some of the adults too!”

The event was attended by children from Aberfeldy School, Kakatahi School and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Rangi, as well as representatives from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Beca, Mills Albert Limited, and project partners Ngāti Rangi, Uenuku and Te Korowai o te Awaiti.

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