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Restoration stars on Seven Sharp

Current affairs TV show Seven Sharp has done a piece on the environmental restoration work underway at Te Hōnonga a Iwi Restoring Rosedale Park.

Project co-ordinator Nicky Shave, from Harbour Hockey, explained to the Seven Sharp crew that the restoration was as much about people as the planet.

“The local iwi, Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, told us that to look after our people, we need to look after the land as well," she said.

"The five-year project is a combination of increasing environmental health to increase social equity and individual health.”

Regenerative expert Matt Cummings from Untangled Landscapes shared how the restoration is using natural methods rather than chemicals and sprays.

"It's an evolution rather than a revolution, so we mow things down to compost so the micro-organisms come in and eat them. Then we turn that into a form which brings new life, which is whatever we want to plant there.

"It's about proving the methods that are new and innovative. If we get it right, the rest of New Zealand can learn from it.”

Student volunteers from Kristin School and Rangitoto College were on hand to demonstrate some of the mahi being done at the restoration and the team from Settlers Retirement Village spoke about the seed whakapapa programme and how they care for the seedlings before they are ready to be planted.

Here are a few of the behind-the-scenes photos from filming.

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