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Patanga Hill Group
The Patanga Hill Group started out of concern over possible erosion in the area of Tinakori Hill where many pines had been felled, some had been helicoptered out but many left lying by the WCC. There were large areas of splintered pines and a muddy field that we hoped to turn into a meadow.
Dinah Priestley began planting natives in the area in 2005 and Tony Burton her partner put in a watering system. At this time all possums had been eradicated and many birds were returning to the area. From 2006-2011 the Patanga Hill Group have received 400 plants each year from the WCC to restock the area with natives. Our group of 24 volunteers carry out regular weeding programmes.
We have recently obtained a grant from WCC for a contractor to construct a new track in an area called The Hanging Gardens of Ahu Mairangi. This was very successful and enabled us to open up and plant three entirely new galleries on Tinakori Hill.