Our Nursery Co-ordinator at Hobsonville Point, Wayne Young, will be leaving at Christmas.
Wayne has been with Kaipatiki Project for three and a half years, during which time it is fair to say that he and the tight band of volunteers that he has worked alongside have helped to change the face of one of Auckland’s largest new suburbs. Thousands of new native plants have been produced out of the Hobsonville Point Community Plant Nursery and are now thriving in the coastal bush areas and pathways around the Point.
Jacqueline Knight our Restoration Advisor remembers ‘spotting’ Wayne while she was teaching plant propagation courses at Kaipatiki Project. “Wayne came to the propagation course I ran several times, and became so knowledgable and was such a help that I angled to get him a job with us. His generosity with his time and energy along with his big heart made him not only an indispensable colleague but a valued friend loved by all. Working alongside Wayne made things easier. Yes, the grunt work was shared and he just goes and goes and goes, but also, as a great conversationalist, he lifted our spirits so that it was more of a joy than a job to be done. We were very lucky to have him on the team.”
Andrea Hunt our Restoration Manager also commends Wayne’s determination and fort-holding powers. “Wayne has been powering on at Hobsonville Point for over three years now, and has personally contributed resources and given unstintingly of his own time, to keep the nursery going through thick and thin. Volunteers are made welcome, plants get watered, irrigation and structural repairs are made on a shoestring budget, or by upcycling anything left lying around. He’s the guy who’s been holding the fort through the trials of windstorms, vandals, drought, construction dust, mud, flooding, noise and all the political hurly-burly of working in close proximity with a major urban development and construction operation.”
“Not content with all that, he has also found time to work regularly with an enviro group at Hobsonville Point Secondary School, nurturing their interest in plants and the environment with seed-sowing sessions, planting sessions, advice on a potential nursery setup, and coordinating volunteer help for the cleanup of the estuary at Hobsonville Point that was initiated by the school students.
And if that wasn’t enough, he has also been the guy who sometimes volunteers on his days off, to lead the volunteer groups working in Witheford Reserve, dealing to invasive weeds like tradescantia, bindweed or wild ginger.”
We wish Wayne all the best as he settles in to his new place up north to grow lots of delicious olives.