The Lake Waikaremoana Hapu Restoration Trust says a partnership with Wairoa District Council is making good progress in re-developing a local reserve for the benefit of the whole community.
The one hectare Tarapatiki reserve on State Highway 38 near Tuai which used to play an important role in the life of locals, was covered in pine trees for many years.
But Robert Waiwai from the trust says the trees have all been felled for firewood and the area has been fenced off to protect it from goats.
He says the area which is of significant value, not just as a scenic spot but also because of its history, will be planted with more than 250 native trees.
Wairoa Council chief executive Peter Freeman says although the council has supplied materials, trust members have donated their time to do all the work, which has been really appreciated.
He says the project is a good example of how the council can work with the community, to achieve a common goal.
The Hapu Restoration Trust and council staff plan to hold a special planting day on 16 October.