Posted by Liz Courtney

Past Rotary International President’s visit to Papanui Bush

While visiting Christchurch for the District 9999 Conference Liz Courtney took the opportunity to show Past RI President Jennifer Jones some projects around the city including the Papanui Bush regeneration.
A group of Papanui Rotarians gathered to meet Jennifer Jones and her husband Nick Krayacich at the Bush where Denis McMurtrie was delighted to explain the history and walk them through the development and relationships created with the Christchurch City Council, the Community Board, local businesses and organisations that use the bush for rest and relaxation. Denis explained that many volunteers, including local school students have been involved in the painting of the murals, planting and weeding and as a result they learn more about New Zealand native plants.
Jennifer was pleased to stop and talk with some local people who are currently using the nearby Cancer facilities and were enjoying the peace the bush has to offer. Her warmth and relaxed manner had them laughing within minutes.
Jennifer and Liz were both given kauri tree seedlings to plant before walking through the path to the seating area. Denis explained that the seats and wide path were there to enable those in wheelchairs to enjoy the bush. He then showed them some very large hanging decorations made by a group of disabled students which were impressive.
The bush is a place that Papanui Rotarians and Denis McMurtrie can be very proud to claim as an environmental legacy project for the people of Papanui.