Environment Waikato has given the Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust $2500 toward construction of a native plant nursery that will supply plants for restoration work in the Tainui tribal area.
The environmental unit of Tainui has joined with New Progress Enterprises to create an organisation to establish a self-sufficient native plant nursery which will provide programmes and support to people with mental illness through environmental programmes.
The nursery project will be part of the completion of the Hopuhopu Regional Park envisioned by the late Sir Robert Mahuta as a gift for the community and Region.
While the plants will be targeted at areas of high cultural significance to Tainui, plants will be available to all groups, including non-Maori, if they are for Waikato projects. Plants will be used to control erosion at the Taupiri urupa, riparian plantings along tributaries of the Waikato River and marae development. Total cost of the project is likely to be about $40,000.