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Ambitious Tree Planting Programme

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It’s an ambitious project that, after 17 years, has reached the half-way mark.

The Maraetotara Tree Trust plans to fence, plant and protect nearly 90km of the Maraetotara riverbank in Hawke’s Bay.

The project was first launched by local angler John Scott, who was appalled at the river’s decline.

He set up the trust and moved on to become a major advocate for the region’s waterways.

And while he’s been battling, the Maraetotara River has started a remarkable transformation.

Photo: The Maraetotara River is reverting back to its former glory. Made with funding from NZ On Air

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Posted: 16 May 2019

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