Motutapu Is. trip, 28 June 2020 through the eyes of Peter Buchanan:
What better activity on a (mostly) fine Sunday than traveling overseas to Rangitoto, and on to Motutapu Is. – continuing Rotary’s 25+ year record of helping with restoration on the island. 
Nine of us joined Bridget Winstone, (Motutapu Restoration Trust’s volunteer coordinator for 18 years, and John’s second cousin!) at the ferry terminal.  On our arrival at Rangitoto we squeezed into a ‘troop carrier’ for the drive to the plant nursery on Motutapu.
There, we were set to work by Bridget on various tasks around the nursery – relocating plants; removal of large irrigation mats for later installation of overhead irrigation (that our club had earlier contributed funds for); weeding and sweeping; potting out seedlings into planter bags and valeting vehicles ahead of WOF inspections in Auckland. 
All of this activity was accompanied by calls of tui and the swoop of kereru in flight.  The heaviest shower was conveniently scheduled for our lunch break in the glasshouse, and Bridget made us all (Cheri, Michelle, Muriel, Prabha, Robyn, Avi & Kyle, John L, Peter B) feel most welcome.  We will look for further opportunities to assist on Motutapu later this year.