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Otane Community Replanting Day To Take Place on 7 June

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Last month, the trees by the Otane Community Hall were removed due to health and safety risks. An independent assessment undertaken by an expert showed the trees were rotting from the inside and were at risk of coming down - with the possibility of harming people and property.

Further to the assessment, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Officers engaged with the Otane community to discuss opportunities for replanting to revitalise the area. At the community meeting, those present confirmed they would like to see new trees planted, and after further discussion it was suggested that native trees would be a good replacement.

Three trees will be planted to include a Tōtara, Miro and a Kōwhai tree of late flowering variety. The three trees were carefully chosen, Tōtara for its strength, size and longevity; Miro with the colourful berries will attract birdlife into an area, particularly Tui and Kereru; and the Kōwhai tree will provide colour across a number of seasons.

Members of the Otane community are donating two of the trees, which will allow Council to add additional support for the trees to ensure that they grow strong and healthy.

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council are pleased to work in partnership with the Otane community. “This is a great opportunity to work collaboratively and revitalise a beautiful part of our district for the enjoyment of everyone,” says Doug Tate, Group Manager - Customer & Community Partnerships.

The Otane Progressive Society are holding a community replanting day involving the local Otane Primary School. For those interested in supporting the replanting day please come along at 9.30am on Thursday 7 June.

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Authorised by Chief Executive: Monique Davidson

Media contact
Doug Tate, GM Customer & Community Partnerships | P 06 857 8060 M 027 422 9977

5 June 2018

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