Monday, September 11, 2006

We start in New Zealand

Riverlands School, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand (NZ02) will be the first official school to start the tree planting chain around the world. We do have other participants from NZ as well.

"As part of a cultural visit to a local Maori (native people) Marae (traditional place of gathering) we will plant a native Rimu tree at midday on September 21st. Our senior school of 5 classes will be involved in this and we are beginning tomorrow to learn our tree planting song.

As it is customary to give a koha (gift) when visiting a marae we will gift a native tree. The tree is to be sourced from a parent of a child in Year 6. We hope this endeavour will foster peace and goodwill, beginning in our own community and flowing around the world. We hope to have the local paper there to take photos."

Gaylene Burborough
Riverlands School NZ02