An information open day at Te Hōnonga a Iwi Restoring Rosedale Park earlier this month was an opportunity to share strategy and learnings from the restoration with other groups interested in ecological and sustainability projects.
Project co-ordinator Nicky Shave, from the North Harbour Hockey Association (NHHA), says there were 25 people at the information session, representing other restoration groups, Auckland Council and the Sustainable Schools team, and the Upper Harbour Local Board.
The Upper Waitemata Ecology Network, Enviroschools, Trees for Survival, a Chinese ecological leader and project youth leaders were also in attendance as well as interested individuals from the Auckland area who wanted to find out more about the project.
Nicky presented NHHA’s sustainability journey and the development of the sustainability model and the project plan. The project’s regeneration expert, Matt Cummings from Untangled Landscapes, ran a biological soil health Q&A session that generated numerous discussions and questions.
It was also a chance for those in attendance to visit the site to see the work that’s taking place.
“People were still talking at the site 40 minutes after we finished,” Nicky says. “They were fascinated by the biological approach we are taking, the project’s carbon mitigation measures, the cover crops we have planted and the bioreactors composting organic material on the site.”
There was also a great deal of interest in the project has been integrated with local businesses, local iwi, community groups and education institutions.