In 2016 the Runanga entered into a MOU with Department of Corrections – Ara Poutama Aotearoa to propagate native plant seedling. These seeds were collected within our takiwa by whanau and then sent to Milton Correctional Centre where they were divided with half of them be sent to Invercargill Correctional Centre. Recently the office sent 2000 potting bags to Invercargill as the seedlings needed repotting as they have outgrown the recycled milk cartons they started their journey in.
Horticulture Instructor Kara from Invercargill Correctional Centre sent the photo to show whanau of the progress to date. Hopefully we will received the native seedlings in late 2018 where they will spend some time in the shade house in the Marae garden before being replanted.