Restoring our environment
As well as our commitment to sustainability with the design and build of the airport terminal, we have joined with community groups and mana whenua to help restore the surrounding environment. The environment is an important focus for our company and the communities of Tairāwhiti.
Since 2019, students and the community have been gradually planting thousands of native shrubs, flaxes and grasses along the Waikanae Stream, which flows through the airport precinct. Together, they’re helping to restore the awa and improve the water quality, while learning about the local taiao/environment and the history of the area.
The long-term goal is to see abundant bird and insect life, and fish species such as inanga whitebait).
Our thanks to everyone who has been involved over the past few years, including Ngai Tāwhiri, EnviroSchools, Wai Restoration, Nga Mahi Te Atiao, Tūranga Ararau, primary and secondary schools and kura, Women’s Native Tree Project Trust, Native Garden Nursery, and staff from Eastland Port, Gisborne Airport and Eastland Group.
Our next project is planned for later in 2023. We’ll be carrying out extensive riparian planting on the boundary of Tairāwhiti’s first solar farm, which is currently under construction in the airport precinct.