Pupils from two local schools; Reporoa Primary School and Mihi School joined forces with residents from Liston Heights Retirement Village, Summerset by the Lake and Wharerangi Village recently for this intergenerational community initiative at Wairakei Estate.
Over a period of two days everyone teamed up to plant 5,000 flax, cabbage tree and mingimingi root trainers for the annual Wairakei Estate propagation project. Everyone participating was pretty experienced, given that many of the retirees have been involved with this project for some years now, while the school pupils were very actively involved with the extensive planting of the Tahorakuri Wetland at Wairakei Estate earlier this year.
Mihi School is a very small rural school, located between Rotorua and Taupo in the nearby Reporoa Valley, catering for Year 1 – 6 students. Reporoa Primary School was founded In 1923 by the farming community, with a single classroom where 17 students were schooled by one teacher, who travelled to and from school by horseback. Today, this well- equipped school boasts 110 pupils, 5 classrooms, a non-teaching principal, and 6 ancillary staff.
If every root trainer survives the pupils and rest home residents will have potentially raised $5,000 for the two schools.