Horowai Nature Day

With Freyberg Community School at Roberts Field

Rainbows and rain. Sun and sunshine. Tāmaki Makaurau surprised Freyberg Community School tamariki with all the weathers at their Nature Day at Horowai (Roberts Field). Freyberg Principal, Maria Dopheide, ventured down to assess the situation after a sudden downpour. The teachers asked which kids wanted to return to school but the response was a resounding “nah”. The kids were having fun despite (maybe because of?) the rain.

Learning how to pitch a tent in the rain – an authentic camping experience!

Glenn Browne (Park Ranger) showed how to pitch a tent, Whau the People led the clay sculpturing, and the Auckland Council Conservation Team talked about predators, demonstrating which traps you definitely should NOT touch if found in the bush!

After the spade-safety talk and ready to plant!

David Tanenui, chairman of the Te Atatu Marae Committee, did the opening karakia for the day which ended with 90 native plants in the ground. In spite of the rain, kids went back to school only a little earlier than originally planned.

Thank you Freyberg for sticking to your spades and getting the job done! And for the second year in a row too! Well done.

Photos from Horowai Nature Day

About Nature Days

Te Whau Pathway Project organises Nature Days for schools in the Whau Catchment Area to get outdoors, plant a tree, and learn about the unique natural environment beyond the school gates. Nature Days connect kids to their local environment.

About this event

DateThursday 10 August 2023
LocationHorowai (Roberts Field), Te Atatū South
Type of eventNature Day, Planting Day
WhoAuckland Council, Freyberg Community School, Te Whau Pathway Environment Trust, Whau River Catchment Trust, Whau the People


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