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John Sturgeon joins the locals to plant native trees in Punakaiki

Rugby Legend John Sturgeon joined forces with around 80 local volunteers to help plant 2500 native trees in Punakaiki on Saturday 25 August.

This effort was part of the Living Legends project’s West Coast planting day for 2012. Living Legends has been planting at the Punakaiki Coastal Restoration area and with the help of our volunteers and Rugby Legend John Sturgeon, we have now planted a total of 7500 native trees at the this site. 5000 were planted during Rugby World Cup in 2011 and 2500 in 2012.

John Sturgeon was selected as the West Coast Rugby Legend in 2011 and spent the day at Punakaiki mucking in with local volunteers from the community, including kids from Runanga School, planting native trees.

John with the full Rununga School team

Devon McLean, Project Manager for Living Legends says Mr Sturgeon has been a pleasure to work with.  “John Sturgeon has been a tremendous supporter of Living Legends.  Despite John being on a walking stick because of recent surgery to his knee he got stuck in and the kids loved having him there.”

John will return with Living Legends to continue planting at the Punakaiki Coastal Restoration area in 2013.

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