Despite a threat of heavy morning showers 19 people assembled at Sandspit for a workday trip to Motuora. We skimmed over a calm sea as gannets arrowed from on high into the sea near a pod of dolphins. It was warm, heralding spring, an impression reinforced by the breeding plumage of the 2 pairs of New Zealand dotterels scampering on Home Bay as we landed and the abundant brilliance of kowhai and manuka blossom.
A pod of between 6-8 dolphins spent the morning circling Motuora. They too seemed to notice that spring had arrived. (Click on images to view full size versions).
In-fill planting was completed on two sites by many of the volunteers while Ray and Kevin planted posts to hold signs indicating the date when trees were planted on Motuora. The threatened heavy showers never eventuated.