Tree Releasing in Te Hapua Wetlands

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

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Kowhai House

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Monday, April 26, 2010

    Today we went to Te Hapua Wetlands, a private property that two ladies own and have protected (but supposedly a road could be put through them...). Toby took us and it was a little over an hour drive up the West coast and the weather was pretty rain at least! I managed to read quite a bit of Wicked in the car and I'm almost done now!
    When we arrived, the ladies gave us fresh baked scones and juice which was nice of them! Then we split into 2 groups. I was with the guys out in the wetlands doing tree and plant releasing most of the day. All (or most) of the plants we had to release were marked by stakes and green covers/protectors so they were easy to identify. The hard part was just bending over/squatting and ripping out the weeds (and avoiding wasp nests- which we saw one of).
    At 12ish we went and had lunch on the ladies' deck (they had a little dog too :) ) and discussed our different educational systems, lol. That is, until Toby started a discussion on Communism, Socialism, and Capitalism...just for light enjoyable conversation!. It brought up some interesting topics though from our respective countries.
    I think we had lunch for like an hour and then worked again 1:30-3:30. It was more of the same really, just in different areas of the wetlands. There were a few helicopters going by overhead for a while, which were kind of annoying...disturbing the peacefulness of the area. But the lady who owns the land said there's a flying school nearby, so it happens frequently. Towards 3:00 we kind of got lazy but at 3:15 we were done and walked through a yard with chickens over to where the other two girls were weeding. The chickens were really tame and even let some of us pick them up! Soon after, we headed out. It was a nice day, and actually I'm going to be coming back here again on May 10th when we'll be doing some planting.
    I didn't do too much tonight, just trying to burn my pics to a CD with no success. I did have to wash one of the bathrooms for my weekly task though, fun fun.

    Lyrics of the Day:    "It's a beautiful day/ Sky falls, you feel like/ It's a beautiful day/ Don't let it                                     get away..." - U2
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