Mahanihani Project calls on community
Two years ago a significant community project was launched at Manukau Heads when 50 locals and visitors planted 2000 trees grown by Awhitu Landcare.
This was the beginning of the Mahanihani Project—restoring a remnant of native bush containing threatened plants. Despite fierce westerly winds, which was not unusual for Manukau Heads, the planting was a great success and everyone had a memorable morning.
Now, Awhitu Landcare is inviting the community to be part of the next stage of the Mahanihani project on Sunday 11 June.
Beginning at 10am, the aim this year is to beat the '2000 trees in the ground’ record, as this ancient bush needs all the help it can get.
"Volunteers on the day are assured of majestic views and a real feeling of achievement. Just looking at the ‘before and after’ photos to see the results of previous planting, despite growing conditions which must be the most challenging on the Awhitu Peninsula," says Anna White from the Awhitu Landcare team. 
The main planting site on 11 June is in a valley, and access down to it is quite steep, although there is a smaller flat site to work in if anyone doesn’t relish the hill climb.
Volunteers will need good strong footwear, warm clothing, water for themselves, gardening gloves and, if possible, bring a spade. The planting will be going ahead, whatever the weather. In return warming nourishment will again be on offer after the planting at the Awhitu Central Hall. 
"We expect to be planting for around two hours, maybe a bit more or less depending on the number of volunteers. Look forward to seeing you there," says Anna.
For more information about this planting, email landcare@awhitu.org.nz or  visit www.awhitu.org.nz.
 
CAPTION: The before and after photos of the Mahanihani Project planting, which a significant difference can be seen.