Students were last there five years ago, when the Muirs had only just begun planting their wetland restoration project.
Stu and Kim have spent every spare minute in the last five years restoring several hundred hectares of estuarine swamp near the mouth of the mighty Waikato River to its pristine state.
“It was great for the older students to see how much the wetland plants had grown, and to see how we had developed so much more land,” said Stu Muir.
Students were given hands on experience when it came to their environmental studies. They were able to see how the Muirs eradicate pests, such as ferrets, stoats and koi carp, and students were also shown whitebait and their lifecycles, and the importance the wetlands have on helping keep them sustainable for the future.
They were also able to catch and release several eels that had been netted in the Muir’s water ways. The aim of the visit was to reintroduce the vision of Aka Aka School students working with the Muir’s wetland project.
“We really hope to be able to come out more often in the new year, and include the visits into our environmental studies. The students absolutely loved their time there, and we are so thankful for the Muir’s allowing us to come out,” said Principal, Whaea Michaelene.
The Muir’s farm was recently featured on Country Calendar, with the episode called Water and Milk, explaining how the couple have combined restoration of the wetland with everyday life on the dairy farm.