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Bay of Plenty Steamers dig in for good

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Bay of Plenty Steamers did some digging for good as they rolled up their sleeves, pulled on their gumboots, picked up a spade and dug in for the Western Heights community on July 19.

The squad were pitching in to help the Western Heights Community Association, Rotorua Lakes Council and local youth with their new maara kai (community garden) at Turners Drive Reserve.

Approximately 20 feijoa trees were replanted at the newly established maara kai as a part of the joint Kai Roto Reinvigoration project which is a collaboration between Western Heights Community Association and Rotorua Lakes Council.

Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Media and Marketing Manager Amanda Thompson said it was a great opportunity to align both the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and Rotorua Lakes Council’s values.

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“It is always great to be able to give back to the community. The community are great supporters of our team and this provides us the opportunity to support them. It is awesome that the maara kai is a sustainable project that will benefit the community not just this year but for years to come.”

Rotorua Lakes Councillor and Sport and Recreation Portfolio lead Charles Sturt says he fully supports the initiative.

“It’s great to see our regional teams like the Bay of Plenty Steamers giving back and working alongside their fans in Rotorua.

“It’s important to continue to create these outstanding places to play that are safe and nurturing for our communities. This is a fantastic community-driven initiative.”

As well as establishing exercise areas, sports field markings and a half basketball court, the neighbourhood reinvigoration project includes a sustainability aspect where the community can share in a maara kai and fruit trees.

Sustainability Portfolio lead Councillor Tania Tapsell is keen to see this type of collaborative work continues throughout the district.

“Working alongside different organisations I know that having access to enough safe and nutritious food for a healthy and active lifestyle is a major priority for the community.

"It’s also one of the objectives in the district’s Sustainable Living Strategy and it’s really awesome seeing the goals come to fruition.”

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