Imagine a network of local streams, sparkling with health, brimming with wildlife and framed by native bush corridors alive with birdsong. Imagine heading down to the local stream for a summer’s dip in clean, clear water. Imagine escaping along walk and cycleways, dotted with beautiful artworks, linking the Waitakere Ranges to the Waitematā Harbour. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?
This is the vision at the heart of the Love our Streams campaign that incorporate the efforts of three amazing projects aiming to restore and conserve the stream habitats that flow through our communities. By getting everyone involved from individuals to community groups, the projects will foster a respect, understanding and love for our stream environments, through education and action including weeding, planting, artworks, streamside education to issues of wider sustainability.
Our ‘Love Your Streams’ projects:
Project Twin Streams
Project Twin Streams is a large-scale environmental restoration project. It is working to improve water quality in Waitakere streams by revegetating 56 kms of streambanks with native trees and shrubs to create a pristine environment for ecology to thrive.
How can I help?
Project Twin Streams host regular community planting days and other events that anyone can join in. You or a group of you can also commit to looking after a portion of a local stream with the Adopt-a-Streambank initiative!Visit: www.projecttwinstreams.com for all the details.
Sustaining Our Streams
Sustaining Our Streams – is a band of crusaders out there engaging local residents in stream restoration along the degraded and unsightly Waitahurangi(Avondale) and Parahiku Streams, which flow into the Whau River. These streams were once beautiful natural environments, but in recent decades they have been relegated to little more than overgrown drains running through the backyards of suburbia, or have been diverted through underground pipes. The way this projects works is that community groups, neighbourhoods or schools get together and commit to looking after the portion of the stream that pass through their property, and in return get training, resources, support and advice to help. Totally win-win-win-win!
I love these streams! How can I help? If you live or own property that border the streams: Portage Road, Falkirk St, Swinburne St, (New Lynn) or Godley Rd, Taupo St, Thuja Pl, Lantana St, Stottholm St or La Rosa St (Green Bay) and your property is next to a stream, you’re probably eligible to join us on our crusade! Otherwise if you don’t own property but have a heart connection to the streams, you can always join the Ecomatters volunteer tribe for planting days and clean ups – just note that you have a particular interest in helping with this project.
La Rosa Daylighting Project
The Parahiku and Waitahurangi streams that run through the La Rosa Gardens Reserve are currently being transformed from an underground pipe back into a naturalised running stream, a process known as daylighting. Boardwalks and a full restoration of the streambanks have been put in place to create a stunning environment for native vegetation and wildlife to once again flourish.
Awesome! How can I help?
La Rosa Reserve and Gardens are a vibrant and active example of a community group. There is always a lot going on and often the Ecomatters tribe are down there getting stuck in with planting days or hosting or attending workshops in the beautiful community gardens. Follow them on Facebook for regular updates on whats happening, help needed and generally ‘cool posts. www.facebook.com/LaRosaCommunityOrchard
No Facebook? No worries! Contact us [email protected] for more information or to get involved!