GOODSON GUERILLAS, don’t you love the name, it’s don’t mess with us we are on a mission.
- Goodson Guerrillas aka Hawera walking club members who laboured in Goodson Dell to resurrect a rubbish dump into the glorious public reserve it is today. Environmental heroines.
The Guerillas received 2008 South Taranaki Community Awards for personal leadership, inspiration, sacrifice and devotion to the cause.
Now part of ‘The Friends of Hawera’s Parks’, a charitable trust dedicated to the guardianship, care and promotion of King Edward Park, Naumai Park and Goodson Dell, Hāwera. Working closely with the South Taranaki District Council Parks’ team. The Friends amalgamated the previous individual organisations ‘The Friends of King Edward Park’, ‘The friends of Naumai Park’ and ‘The Goodson Guerrillas’.
Goodson Dell guerrillas, gardening girl power, rescued the area from the derelict state of the pathways and planting.
Originally part of the home garden of farmer Charles Goodson ownership passed to the local council. A swimming pool was created by damming the stream and planted with swamp cypress.
Goodson Dell became a favourite haunt of children in the 1950’s. With the draining of the pool, neglect led to the Goodson guerrillas deciding to devote time and energy to the massive clean up.
Today the picturesque reserve and stream is a quiet place for contemplation and enjoyment of the mature exotic and native plants.