Our day out on Rotoroa Island

On January 22nd the teams from Apex Advice and Apex Insurance headed out to Rotoroa Island for a volunteer day.

For over 100 years, Rotoroa Island was an island apart, off-limits to all but a few souls isolated there for alcohol and drug rehabilitation in the care of the Salvation Army. Today, Rotoroa is accessible to everyone as an arts, heritage and conservation estate. We volunteered to help on the island grounds for conservation work.

After an hour-long ferry, our 50-strong team disembarked on the island on a beautiful summer day. We were welcomed by the staff at Rotoroa Island and briefed on our work for the day. The Rotoroa Island Trust has planted thousands of native plants and trees, but some of these plants are being outshined by weed growing around them. Our job was to clear the weed to make sure the native plants got enough sun and rain to grow.

After walking up to Mai Mai Bay we put our gardening gloves on and got started. We weeded the area next to the road and just before the beach itself for about three hours. We have to admit that we did take a few breaks here and there to have a sip of water and enjoy the view.

Though some of us got a much needed lesson on what actually to weed out to avoid pulling out some of those natives that could potentially look like a weed to the untrained eye, trailer after trailer of weeds were loaded and taken away to be disposed of.

After all that hard work we enjoyed a team lunch and some time in the sun. Some of the crew also walked down to the beach for a well-deserved swim before heading back to Auckland.

We trust our volunteers made a difference in helping with the great conservation work the Rotoroa Island Trust is doing. Check out their website for their ongoing work and great accommodation options to enjoy a beautiful weekend exploring the island.


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