April 01, 2005

Don Chapple has died

Just forget about Mrs Schiavo (RIP) and the Pope (will somebody RIP out his tube, please?), the saddest loss last weekend was Don Chapple. A sprightly pensioner who, for over a decade, has been restoring native trees and plants on a large reserve "Atawhai Whenua", the gateway to Waiheke Island. Every passenger arriving on the rock sees his work that is growing strong. You can get a sense of his achievement in the timelapse photographs of the Matiatia area. A lifetime work that will be enjoyed by the next 100 generations of islanders and visitors. Kia kaha, Don, your land looks alive and beautiful.

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