Mimiwhangata Coastal Park is an awe inspiring and special place. It has a wonderfully varied land and seascape - low, steep ridges pointing in almost every direction, each cut sharply into headlands of cliffs, or fading into chains of islands, stacks and reefs.
The intervening coastal stretches are filled by broad beaches and sand dunes with a few areas of boulders, shingle and swamp. Beaches and dune areas are favored nesting sites for threatened shorebirds. Around the hard, greywacke rock cliffs are large Pohutukawa and Kowhai trees.
Oral history and archaeological evidence shows Mimiwhangata was once inhabited by a substantial native Maori community.
We gear up to work with the New Zealand Department of Conservation!
We cleared the surrounding fields of invasive ragwort and thistle plants to ensure that Mimiwhangata remains a sustainable and organic working farm.
We handled heavy axes as we chopped wood for the surrounding area under Pohutukawa trees.
After leveling the surface of Mimiwhangata Coastal Park's winding trails, we spread recycled shells and stones from the nearby beach on the raw earth.
We practiced our gardening skills while clearing wild weeds and grooming flax plants.
We took our talents to a nearby Maori cultural school and worked tending their garden with the help of small but mighty local children.