This project introduced a new style of intergenerational community initiative, creating an opportunity to bring together the young school students of Taupo to interact with wiser, and more experienced retirees.
The school students and the retirement village residents came out to Wairakei Estate to work together to plant root trainers into pots, which would then be planted out on the Estate the following year*. Their combined efforts resulted in 1,100 potted plants in one morning! The intergenerational interaction was great and everyone had a really enjoyable time, with the project providing a fund raising opportunity for the school, with $1 paid for every root trainer potted up, while providing the plant materials Wairakei Estate needed for its planting programme.
*95% of plants from our 2015 Propagation Project survived, and were then successfully planted on Wairakei Estate the following year. Currently, this project has generated 10,000 plantings per year.
The inaugural Propagation Project was deemed to be such a success that these propagation days are now held on a regular basis. For each planting session there are approx. 15 senior residents and 30 students. The senior citizens and students are gathered into small groups working together to complete their tasks, while engaging with each other in a relaxed and informal way.
We have had students from the following schools participate in the Propagation Project to date:
- Hilltop Primary School
- Taupo Primary School
- Tauhara Primary School
- Waipahihi Primary School
- Wairakei Primary School
- Taupo Christian School
- St Patrick’s School
- Mountview Primary School
They have been joined by residents from the following retirement communities:
- Liston Heights Retirement Village
- Wharerangi Village
- St Johns Wood Retirement Village
- Summerset by the Lake