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Temple View Latter-day Saints Beautify Lake Ruatuna Reserve

Tony Roxburgh, Community Facilities Manager for Waipa County, has a vision for the Lake Ruatuna Reserve. Currently an overgrown site in desperate need of tidying up, he maintains that with the drains cleared, willow growth removed and native re-vegetation in place, Ruatuna Reserve could be a destination overnight camping venue.

This past weekend Tony Roxburgh’s vision received a major boost from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who converged on the site as part of a Mormon Helping Hands project. 

Over 150 volunteer men, women and children armed with shovels and rakes pulled privet and old growth, relocated mounds of earth and tore down broken fences.

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“Each year we identify a service opportunity in our area and mobilize our Church members for a few hours on a Saturday to give a helping hand,” says John Kendall, president of the Church’s Temple View New Zealand Stake. 

“It’s a way of giving back to the community we come from,” he says, “but it’s also a reason to come together, make new friends and have a memorable afternoon.”

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