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When Kaipaki School offered to donate harakeke plants from its grounds, Dion Patterson, Living Water Site Lead for the Waikato Peat Lakes, saw an opportunity that would benefit the community.

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Today’s photo of the week is of¬†volunteers planting harakeke/flax at Athenree Saltmarsh¬†wetland near Tauranga.

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The Athenree and nearby Waihi Beach community have taken on a challenge to plant over 9000 plants at the wetland over winter.

This work is part of a multi-year project to return farmland to wetland habitat for threatened native animals.

Photo by Peter Huggins, Partnerships Ranger, Tauranga.