1 February 2017
In March 2016 the club had planned to assist DOC to remove broom in the vicinity of the car park at Mangatutu Hot Springs but this was cancelled at short notice. In December on a Wednesday cycle trip I suggested the mid weekers could do this small job and the riders on the day were happy to assist. A suitable date was arranged with Dan Winchester of DOC Napier.
On Wednesday 1st February our team of eleven met Alan Lee & Bryce at the Hot Springs Car Park ready to do battle with the broom. We had the Heath & Saftey talk then worked in pairs to saw the broom plants and paint the stump with weedkiller gel. The only difficulty was that after the heavy snowfall in August 2016 trees & undergrowth had been smashed and flattened throughout the Kawekas especially in the northern region so we had to clamber over & through lots of broken scrub to reach the broom. Luckily the distinctive colour and form of broom made it easier to find them. After lunch some were able to try the pools which were super hot while others scouted the area for more of those unwanted plants.
Alan was pleased to have our assistance, and we said we would be happy to return to seek & destroy the next crop of broom. Thanks to all who came & made the day so successful. Special thanks to Peter for driving. We left the carpark at 2.30pm GRH
Party: Peter B, Rodger B, Janice L, Des S, Keith T, Scott C, Judy M, Joan R, Roy , Christine H, Graeme H.