Police · 8 Jul 2020

Police Tree Planting Mission A Success – Bring On Some More

Malcolm Gayfer

Malcolm Gayfer


We’ll be back to do some more.

That’s the word from Police in Invercargill after a successful but chilly native tree planting operation.

The operation lead by the Invercargill Police Dog Section and Iwi Liason went ahead recently at Fosbender Park in-spite of very frosty conditions.

Constable Jono Airey from the Dog Section told whatsoninvers that the original aim was to team up with members of our community and the council and do something a bit different for our city.

Constable Airey said they teamed up with the Invercargill City Council, Anytime Fitness and our local Te Whare Kura o Arowhenua School to plant 750 native trees  at Fossbender Park, Otatara.

He said Fossbender Park by was chosen by the Council as it is a popular recreation area with plenty of space for new growth.

Invercargill City Council staff, Anytime Fitness and our local Te Whare Kura o Arowhenua School helped with the tree planting mission.

Constable Airey said it was awesome to see so many turn out and get stuck in on a frosty Murihiku morning.

He said “after our efforts last week the school children and teachers have committed to returning and helping the council with more planting on a weekly basis.  Police youth services will also help with this.”

Jono Airey said “it was very rewarding so we’ll do it again!”

Southland Police have been able to kindly gift some gym equipment to Te Whare Kura after ongoing support from anytime fitness

The City Council has about two thousand plants that need planting so more work to do.