Christchurch, NZ brethren plant trees for a greener Aotearoa
By ROXANNE ROSQUITA and RONNIE H. MUTYA
Date Posted: October 22, 2022
One with the Church Administration in lending a hand in taking care of the environment, brethren from the Christchurch, NZ Congregation planted trees at the Harrington Park on September 14, 2022.
The said activity for environmental protection was also in line with the campaign of the New Zealand government to have a greener Aotearoa (Māori name for the country).
Located along Peveral Street, within a residential area in Riccarton, Christchurch City, Harrington Park boasts of several playgrounds and a relaxing landscape.
Brother Rafner De Castro, resident minister, together with the head of each household, spearheaded the brethren in the said environmental movement. Peter Simmons, Chairman of the Residents Association in Harrington Park, joined the brethren in the activity.
“I’d like to thank the Church Of Christ for coming here, together with the local residents, in this tree planting activity. [The help] exceeded my expectation and it’s fantastic to see that so many people are willing to help out the local community,” he said.
For Rolando Decena, a deacon and the congregation’s Light of Salvation (LOS) overseer, participating in such activity is vital because “it helps our community clean and safe to live. This is also our unity with the Church Administration in upholding the Church’s ongoing program in preserving our environment.” — With reports from INC News Section