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    For anyone who has visited Hamilton Gardens or is interested in native NZ flora.

    Students help plant Hamilton's Maori garden
    By FLORENCE KERR - Waikato Times | Friday, 24 October 2008

    Planting has begun on New Zealand's first traditional public Maori garden at Hamilton Gardens.

    Wintec Horticulture students were at the end of shovels this week as work began re-creating the pre-European garden, Te Parapara.

    Horticulture tutor John Walker said it was a great "hands on" experience for the first-year national diploma students.

    "They are learning not only about the different types of native plants but they also get a perspective on how Maori lived before Europeans."

    The gardens would consist of native trees, shrubs, ferns and traditional vegetables available to Maori at that time.

    Horticulture students Alister Nunn and Marc Hastie were two students taking part. "I have increased my knowledge about native plants of New Zealand. It's been really interesting learning about how Maori lived off the land before Pakeha got here, " Mr Nunn said.

    Mr Hastie, who is looking at landscaping as a career path, said he had learnt how to plant and was enjoying the practical aspects of gardening.

    The garden will be enclosed in a pre-European styled fence, made of almost 2m high palings with Maori carvings outside and within the fence.

    Native trees and shrubs would circle a vegetable patch filled with kumara and potato.

    Te Parapara would also feature Maori food storehouses (whatarangi) built on posts. The garden is a joint venture between Te Parapara Garden Trust, Hamilton Gardens and the Hamilton City Council.

    The Maori-themed garden is estimated to cost about $1.3 million, and is expected to be finished by the middle of next year.

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    Good stuff. We saw the empty locale when we visited the gardens. I look forward to see how it's come along on our next stroll through.
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