A lot has happened in the last month. It is a serious time with the situation changing regularly. For up to date advice regarding the Department of Conservation and COVID-19, please refer to the website doc.govt.nz We would also like to share some of the positive activities that we have been involved with recently including two successful collaborative Seaweek events and the Wellington Pride Parade.
On Thursday March 5 we worked with Sustainable Wairarapa, Forest and Bird, Enviroschools, Te Pātukituki – community education and art hub, and Aratoi, to hold our “Kai and Kōrero” networking event to bring together community members to share their knowledge and aspirations for the lands and waters of the Wairarapa. The artists at Te Pātukituki put on an invigorating storytelling through drama, waiata and dance while providing a space for like minds to connect and discuss some shared visions for restoring our environments.
Sunday March 8 Te Rua o Mahara kaimahi Raihānia Tipoki and Amber Craig, were our guides on the Bus Tour and Beach Tidy event at Lake Ōnoke. We learned a lot of history of the South Wairarapa landscape including different pā sites, as well as the political history of Wairarapa Moana and the changes in the landscape through the diversion of the Ruamāhanga. After picking up rubbish along the shore of Lake Ōnoke we heard about the issue of microplastics which have significant impacts on the marine environment yet are not easily visible.
Picking up rubbish on Ōnoke shore
Helen Dew and Waiaria Pitau
We heard about the effects of human activity on local wildlife like inanga, tuna, Caspian tern and banded dotterel. It was a beautiful day and we ended with a kōrero at the mātai whetū (time compass) about the maramataka (lunar calendar) which offers a way to live in a more balanced way in tune with our natural world. It was such a hot day and an idea was raised to have the next tour after dark when we can see the night sky and hear more about Māori star lore and navigation.
Pride March 2020
Kōrero at the time compass
Saturday, March 7 a few of the Wairarapa district joined our Wellington national office colleagues and Ministry for the Environment staff at the Wellington Pride Parade. Diversity and Inclusion and being able to bring your whole self to work is an important part of health safety and wellbeing working for Te Papa Atawhai.
Rangers Jo, Jaime and Faith