Photo: Anna White

Welcome visitors

Andrew Bayly, Hunua MP and Chester Borrows, Whanganui MP and Deputy Speaker of the House, visited us yesterday. They were interested to view maps of the Peninsula and learn about just how many protected areas of bush there are (more covenants than anywhere else in Franklin). We also explained about how the community had voted - over 10 years ago - to designate Awhitu Peninsula as a ‘possum control area’, and all the efforts from our Pest Control Co-ordinator Pete Shepherd, and Awhitu Landcare volunteers, to continue to achieve this. The sun shone and our magnificent Peninsula was looking its finest, so we are sure our visiting politicians enjoyed their trip. Their comments about our plant nursery and our pest control work being ‘most impressive’ were heartening. Take a look at the results Nursery Manager Sigrid Sharplin and her fabulous volunteers have been achieving in recent months - wow.  Equally as impressive (but not nearly so attractive!) are the dead mustelids…. THANK YOU Pete Shepherd and your pest control helpers, for all your tireless hard work tramping those endless steep hills and rough gullies….