Week40 (Pt1) – Living Legends


1-7 Oct ’11

As part of the Rugby World Cup events, DOC and partners have arranged a series of tree plantings around the country entitled Living Legends.  Each region honours its own ex-All Black.  Here in the Manawatu our Living Legend is Sam Strahan.

The Great Living Legends Muck In 

Two hundred and fifty willing volunteers turned up to plant natives up in the Tararua Ranges, in an area just off the Manawatu Gorge Walk.  Six buses ferried us over farmland under the wind turbines of the Tararua windfarm.

Living Legends Manawatu Gorge Tararua ranges

Buses grind their way up the hill

Tararua and Ruahine ranges

Tararua Wind Farm and Wharite Peak

Living Legends Manawatu

Off the buses - unloading and ready for work

Our planting area had been cleared by a fire a few years ago and it hadn’t regenerated naturally.    It’s a very steep site.  The fittest and ablest headed right to the bottom.  Those of us not quite up to the challenge of the return journey stayed nearer the top.

Living Legends Manawatu, Tararua and Ruahine ranges

Arriving at the top of the planting site

Living Legends Manawatu, Tararua ranges

Jake gets stuck in - determination

Living Legends Manawatu, Tararua ranges

The Lovely Man planting flaxes

Living Legends, Manawatu, Tararua ranges

Cat planting a flax

 Everyone got stuck in, and with plenty of stops to rehydrate we got the job done.

Living legends Manawatu, Tararua ranges

Our very own Living Legend - Trev takes a breather

Living Legends, Manawatu, Tararua ranges

Ex-All Black Sam Strahan taking a break

This plaque stands at the top of our new forest, it can be found at the Windy Lookout on the Gorge Walk track.  The Te Apiti windfarm over on the Ruahine Range can be seen in the distance.

Living Legends, Manawatu, Tararua ranges

Bringing the field to the forest

These guys has a real workout.  I wonder where used spades go when they’re no longer needed?

Living Legends, Manawatu, Tararua Ranges

Spades

A tired but contented crowd head back to the buses for the ride back down the hill.

Living Legends, Manawatu, Tararua Ranges

Heading back to the buses

Living Legends, Manawatu, Tararua ranges

Tararua Wind Farm, DOC

Thanks to Kay and the crew from the Department of Conservation for organising this fantastic initiative.

All these shots were taken with my trusty 50mm lens.

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