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Habitat Enhancement and Landcare Partnership
What is HELP?
HELP is a project initiated by the Waihi Gold Mining Company to promote and
support local sustainable land use practices. A key feature of the project is
its structure. HELP promotes an active partnership between industry, education,
and community groups.
To develop a programme that establishes a long term positive and productive
partnership between business, education, and community groups, working together
to improve the local environment.
How does HELP work?
Primary and secondary students and community groups identify local areas
requiring habitat enhancement and landcare inputs. Helpers and supporters are
involved in the planning, planting, aftercare, and monitoring of selected sites.
|Promote interaction between a wide range of groups from
business, education, the community, and public bodies, linking them to a
common goal: enhancement of the local environment.
|Involve students in the evaluation of their local environment
and in the planning of developments that will result in the beautification,
land stabilisation, and increased diversity of natural communities within
the Waihi Basin.
|Provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes
which will promote long term guardianship of the environment.
|Provide eco-sourced plant material required for amenity and
rehabilitation projects in and around Waihi.|
Components of the Project:
|Organise interactions between school groups which will promote transfer of
knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm.
|Field trips to a variety of forest remnants to introduce primary students
to a forest ecology and to collect seed.
|Propagate plant material by seed sowing following appropriate
|Community surveys and discussion with community groups to establish
direction and priorities.
|Select and prepare sites for planting.
|Plant and provide immediate aftercare.|
More at www.marthamine.co.nz/h_e_l_p.html
Clearing logs and
debris from Eastern Stream at Scout Walk-way are (front to back): Jarrod
Watson, Andrew Maber, Walter Peeke and Chris Parr
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