On the 27 July 2017, 50 Totara trees were planted to honour Robin Maud and his 18-year commitment to the Hutt River Trail project. This was not only a special event for Rotary Hutt City, the Hutt Valley Clubs who embraced the river trail project alongside their geographical stretch of the River, and the Hutt Valley, but also for Rotary International. We have made a start on RI President Ian Riseley's goal of planting a tree for every Rotarian before Earth Day 22 April 2018.
Here is the article from the Hutt News.
Totara to honour Maud’s toil
by Nicholas Boyack
One of the bleakest sections of the Hutt River Trail is being developed in honour of Robin Maud, whose vision kick-started the project 25 years ago.
On Friday, his friends and family gathered in driving rain to open Robin Maud Totara Grove. Family members helped plant 50 totara in the area which is mostly grass and weeds.
The area between Fraser Park and the Pomare Rail Bridge is windswept and, unlike other sections of the trail, is completely undeveloped.
Maud and Rotary were the driving force behind the development of the trail, which now gets more than a million users a year, under the management of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. He held the position of the Hutt Rotary’s Hutt River Trail coordinator for 18 years until his death in 2016.
Before he died, Maud prepared a paper outlining Hutt Rotary’s vision for the trail and how the environmental and recreational values could be further enhanced. His plan for the Pomare/Taita stretch was to make it a more attractive area for nearby Pomare residents and to make it a destination in its own right.
As well as a sculpture, Maud recommended ‘‘If you talk about an environmental corridor people's eyes glaze over but if you talk about a trail they say 'that is nice'.’’