Community Tree Planting Project 

Trees to Commemorate Global COVID19 Pandemic

Matamata schools, businesses and community groups are invited to come together to plant trees to commemorate those who have died and are suffering from Covid19 worldwide, and to acknowledge the efforts Matamata made to overcome New Zealand’s third largest Covid19 cluster.

The project will see 198, eco sourced, kahikatea trees taking root in Matamata soil in a community project led by the Swap Park Community Group – in partnership with Matamata Kohanga Reo.

The group received a Matariki Tu Rakau fund from Te Uru Rakau–
the government’s billion tree initiative and support from Matamata-Piako District Council.

A member of the group, Dr Craig Campbell said the ‘kahikatea trees were specifically chosen for this project as they once covered all of Matamata. The kahikatea is also a species that spiritually relates to this commemorative planting.’ “The whakatauki kahikatea stand together; their roots intertwine, strengthening each other. We all help one another and together we will be strong. It embraces our historic lockdown message – ‘be kind, we are all in this together,” he said.

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