Streamtalk - Project Twin Streams newsletter September 2009 by jazz84



                                                                                                                                               September 2009
                             project twin streams official newsletter

                                                                                                         Project Milestones
                                                                                                         •	 Project	kicks	off
                                                                                                         •	 2	community	planting	days	
                                                                                                         •	 First	community	contract	is	signed	
                                                                                                         •	 3	community	planting	days	
                                                                                                         •	 2	new	community	organisations	
Paremuka trainees Rihari Yukich, 17, and Josh Frost, 18, hard at work
                                                                                                         •	 5	community	planting	days	
Planting trees and growing brighter futures                                                              •	 2	new	community	organisations	
As another planting season draws to an end,           The project has given the hardworking trio a       •	 12	community	planting	days
our communities can take pride in the more            foot in the door for future opportunities in the
than 32,000 native trees they’ve helped plant         environmental restoration industry.                  2007
alongside Waitakere streams.                                                                             •	 1	new	community	organisation	
                                                       “They are so proud of the environmental skills
Between April and September there have                they are gaining out of the project and their      •	 Sustainable	Households/Sustainable	
been 14 community planting events on the              confidence is growing due to having a real            living project launched
banks of Henderson Creek and the Opanuku,             job and working in a team environment,” said
Waikumete and Oratia streams, including the                                                              •	 Walk	and	Cycle	Way	project	is	
                                                      Mary Foy, from Te Ukaipo Mercy Initiatives
first community planting day in the upper             for Rangatahi, which holds the Project Twin
Opanuku Stream area.                                  Streams contract for the Ranui-Massey area.        •	 9	community	planting	days
But Project Twin Streams is about more than           In the past four months Project Twin Streams         2008
just planting trees. From our community arts          has completed the Glen Eden walk and
projects to the development of a network of                                                              •	 First	community	edible	garden	
                                                      cycle way, launched the inaugural Project
walk and cycle ways, Project Twin Streams                                                                   launched
                                                      Twin Streams Song Quest (where under-
continues to grow in many different directions.       18s can win a share of $3500 for writing           •	 First	community	Pa	Harakeke	garden	
One recent development has been the new               and performing their own environmentally-             opened
approach taken to restoring Paremuka Stream           themed song) and the unveiled of Te Herenga        •	 9	community	planting	days
in Ranui.                                             Tangata – a community sculpture in Ranui-
                                                      Massey.                                              2009
Environmental maintenance company Parks
and Maintenance Services (PMS) is contracted          Project Twin Streams projects have also hit        •	 First	Project	Twin	Streams	Song	
to restore the stream bank on the condition           the headlines this winter, with Waitakere             Quest
they employ three local residents between             City Council arts coordinator Mandy Patmore        •	 7.4	kms	of	walk	and	cycle	way	
the ages of 17-19, to train and work full-time        interviewed on Kiwi FM and bFM about                  completed
on the project.                                       the song quest, which also featured on
                                                      Juice TV. National Radio’s David Steemson          •	 14	community	planting	days
All three trainees have previously helped out
                                                      has also shown interest in our work and
at Ranui-Massey community planting events,
                                                      plans to run several stories in the coming
with two involved in the very first community
                                                      months. Keep watching our website (www.
planting day in 2005.
                                             for programme
This opportunity gives them useful work               details.
experience and the chance to learn new skills.
“It’s a once in a life time opportunity,” said
Rihari Yukich, 17. “I now know heaps about                                                               Delivered by     Funded by    Supported by
trees and working with them. When I first
started I knew nothing.”
                                                     Project Twin Streams flushes out stormwater issues
                                                     The 306,165 trees planted by the local                                                                        WEST
                                                     community since Project Twin Streams’                                                                       HARBOUR

                                                     inception in 2003 are playing a vital role in                    Huruhuru Creek
                                                     improving stormwater quality and reducing                                                                                     TE ATATU
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                                                     problem increases as a greater number                                                     ORATIA                                              TITIRANGI

                                                     of houses and commercial and industrial            Henderson Creek
                                                     buildings are constructed.
                                                     Fast-flowing stormwater run-off also                                                                LAINGHOLM

                                                     contributes to the erosion of our soft stream
                                                     banks, increasing sediment deposits in our
                                                     waterways and harbours and threatening           We also work with communities to look at
                                                     the survival of aquatic life.                    practical ways of reducing stormwater run-
Walk and cycle ways link                             A recent study of the Waitemata Harbour          off on private properties
                                                     has shown that there is a large amount of
local communities                                    sediment from the rural areas in the Project
                                                                                                      Through our Sustainable Households/
                                                                                                      Sustainable Living programme, we work
Over 7.4 kms of Project Twin Streams walk            Twin Streams catchment. Waitakere City           directly with residents to take action around
and cycle ways have been completed since             Council and the Auckland Regional Council        conserving water and energy and reducing
April 2007, linking local communities and            are looking at how this can be reduced.          waste. The programme offers practical
providing easy and safer access to public                                                             advice for dealing with stormwater run-off,
                                                     Project Twin Streams is playing its part by
transport.                                                                                            such as installing permeable paving and
                                                     planting native forest along stream banks
The final path under construction is the             to treat stormwater on-site in a natural         rainwater tanks and washing cars on the
Upper Opanuku, which is due for completion           way. The trees absorb stormwater, reduce         grass instead of driveways. Taking simple
in April 2010.                                       run-off, stabilise stream banks and reduce       steps like these can make a huge difference
                                                     the amount of sediment being washed into         to the volume and speed of stormwater
All the paths feature a range of artworks.                                                            entering our streams and helps to keep
The Upper Opanuku walk and cycle way will                                                             them clean and healthy.
have two pou whenua (carved posts), three
community seating areas, eight anemometers
(sculptures that move in the wind) and a
series of text panels installed on the two
bridges that link the paths.
To improve visibility for commuters using the
walk and cycle ways, lights are being installed
along the paths. The lights will operate during
weekday peak commuter hours, from 6am to
sunrise and from sunset to 7pm. Operational
times will be displayed at the start of the                 Before                          During planting                                                                   After
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impact and limit the spread of light into            looking to distribute the publication only       version via email.
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will be restricted to five metres. Installation is   Not only will this allow us to reduce costs      To register, please send your details to
due to be completed by May 2010.                     but it will save natural resources!     For more
                                                                                                      local email updates about what’s happening
                                                                                                      in your area, send your contact details to
                                                                                                      your local community coordinator (contact
                                                                                                      details on back page).
Project Twin Streams changing lives
Project Twin Streams has touched the lives of many people in Waitakere. Read the stories
of three people whose lives have been directly impacted by the project...

                                                                                                   Thanks to Project Twin Streams, Renee
                                                 “It was so devastating, we could not believe
                                                 it. Everything was such a mess,” she says.
                                                                                                   Harema Tahere         has helped to write
                                                                                                   and perform a rap song, appeared in a music
                                                 It was a great relief for the family when         video and an educational film and helped to
                                                 Project Twin Streams approached them and          design and create mosaics for a community
                                                 offered to buy their property as part of the      sculpture… and she is only 13!
                                                 stream restoration project.
                                                                                                   Renee first became involved with the project
                                                 “The whole process was so great and they          when her class at Birdwood School adopted a
                                                 took away so much stress. They paid for           section of the Swanson stream bank in 2005.
                                                 lawyers, moving trucks, everything, and took      As well as planting, mulching and testing
Kylie Barrier will never forget the night of     care of all the little things. All we had to do   the water every week, the students decided
1 May 2004. Woken in the early hours of the      was look for another place.”                      to write a rap song to let other people know
morning by her cats, Kylie went to check on
                                                 The family chose to stay in the area, as          about the work they were doing. After helping
her six-month-old daughter, only to discover
                                                 they wanted Amber, and new addition to            to write and perform the rap, Renee appeared
the floor of her Henderson Valley home
                                                 the family, baby Zach, to attend Henderson        in the music video that went with it.
covered in water. The property, which backed
onto the Opanuku stream, had flooded in the      Valley Primary School, the same school Kylie      Renee then worked with Neil Henderson, an
past but never to the level experienced that     had attended.                                     environmental educator, on a short education
night.                                           “It was pretty sad when they took the house       resource called Stream Kids, before helping
                                                 away but the area looks great now – it has all    to design and create a mosaic section of
“When we stepped outside, the water came
                                                 been replanted,” says Kylie.                      Maori motifs for the new Te Herenga Tangata
up to our waists and it was quite powerful. I
                                                                                                   sculpture in Ranui-Massey.
didn’t really think about it at the time – we    Eighty-four houses and 30 sections that were
just had to get out,” remembers Kylie.           at risk of flooding have been purchased as        “I think the whole project is really cool,
                                                 part of Project Twin Streams. Seventy-one         especially the long term benefits like more
Fortunately for Kylie, her husband Stewart
                                                 of these houses have been removed and             streamlife and plants. Now whenever
and daughter Amber, no one was hurt in the
                                                 work has begun to restore the natural flow        someone asks me how to plant a tree I can
early morning evacuation, and the family
                                                 patterns of the waterways.                        answer, and if people ask me about stream
was able to return to their home the next day
                                                                                                   life I can answer because I have learnt so
to survey the damage.
                                                                                                   much from all the things I have been involved
                                                                                                   in,” says Renee.
                                                 With the help of Waitakere City Council
                                                 and village management, the residents have        Now at Henderson High school, Renee
                                                 installed a 3000 litre rainwater tank and built   is involved with youth group The Young
                                                 three large composting bins and are now           Believers, who created the rap No Time to
                                                 working on installing another (5000 litre)        Borrow, as part of their involvement with
                                                 rainwater tank. Max hopes to reduce the           Project Twin Streams.
                                                 village’s rubbish bill by $10,000 – a plan that
                                                 seems to be working.                                      Renee (left) and her friend Geneva

                                                 “The rubbish skips used to be full to the
Max Peers      is a sustainability champion      top, now through using our worm farm and
and an inspiration to us all! The 77-year-       composting bins, the rubbish skips are leaving
old became passionate about sustainability       half full,” he says.
when Project Twin Streams’ Henderson
Creek Community Coordinator, Wendy Claire,       The next step for these sustainability
organised a streamside planting alongside        champions is sharing the knowledge. Max
the retirement village where Max lives.          and the centre’s many gardeners are working
                                                 with Wendy Claire to share gardening
As the self-proclaimed Mayor of Vision           knowledge and experience for a proposed
Waitakere Gardens and a proud westie, Max        local community garden.
loved the idea of doing something for the
environment and started looking for other        “We should protect the environment we
ways the retirement village could be more        live in. We need to learn from our mistakes
sustainably aware. Within no time, Max had       and share that knowledge with the wider
organised a group of dedicated residents and,    community,” says Max. “Before we became
with the help of Wendy Claire, applied to the    involved with Project Twin Streams, we were
Waste Not Fund for a grant to purchase a         quite a closed community. Now we are
worm farm. Over 67 apartments now supply         taking the knowledge and our experience
food scraps to the worm farm and the village’s   outside the gates and sharing it.”
luscious gardens are testament to the high-
quality ‘tea’ produced by the worms.
                             Don Buck Road

                                                                                                                                         Updates from our community
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                                                                                                                                         organisations              The last couple of months has been an exciting
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                                                                                                                                         We are having a community planting day on
                                                                                                                                                                                            banks of the upper Opanuku Stream and we
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                                                                                                                                         Sunday 13 September, 10am to 1pm, at the
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                                                                                                                                                                                            have had a change in contract organisation.

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                                                                                                                                         bottom of Parklands Ave. Come along for a

                                                                                                                                                                                            The Opanuku Stream contract is now held by

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                                AREA                                                                                                     fun-filled day and help us restore our local

                                                                                                                                                                                            the McLaren Park Henderson South Initiative


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                                                                                                         Ro KELSTON                      Swanson School has a new stream mural              new community coordinator for the upper
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                                                                                                                        iR               our streams. The mural was a collaborative

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                                                                                                                                         project between their students and senior art      Tales of the Opanuku. The book is a collection
                                                                Scenic Drive                                                             students from St Dominic’s College.                of personal stories around the Opanuku
                                                                                                                                         Ranui-Massey                                       Stream and is available for purchase from
                                                                                                                                         Project Twin Streams Ranui-Massey has had a        Annie Cochrane (see sidebar) or at the Corban
                                                                                                                                         great year so far.                                 Estate Art Centre Gallery.
                                                       LAINGHOLM                                                 Harbour

                                                                                                                                         Two new groups have adopted streamside             Oratia
Swanson                                                                                                                                  areas. Don Buck Primary School planted 700         Enjoying the Oratia Stream is something we
Contact: Catherine                                                                                                                       plants along the Swanson Stream and had a          are all used to now! Seeing our neighbours
MacKenzie-Simpson                                                                                                                        learning session with environmental educator       strolling along the walk and cycle way with
832 2230                                                                                                                                 Neil Henderson, while the St Dominic’s             their families, dropping in to check out our                                                                                                                       College Green Group has made an impressive         community edible garden and caring for the
                                                                                                                                         start on their area by removing nearly a tonne     forest they are creating is wonderful to see.
Ranui-Massey                                                                                                                             of tradescantia. The students also discovered
                                                                                                                                         stonefly larvae as part of a Wai Care session,     Check out the huge transformation at the
Contact: Clair Hobi                                                                                                                                                                         end of Newham Road. Once a dark place
833 7009, 021 832 407                                                                                                                    which is a great indicator of the water quality
                                                                                                                                         improving in our streams.                          surrounded by tall bamboo, the area has                                                                                                                                                                         now been transformed with native trees.
                                                                                                                                         After 18 months of hard work, our community        Well done all of you who created this little
Henderson Creek                                                                                                                          sculpture, Te Herenga Tangata, was unveiled at     paradise, especially Holy Cross Primary, Bruce
Contact: Wendy Claire                                                                                                                    Urlich Reserve on 27 May. The identity marker      McLaren Intermediate and all the neighbours
838 7113, 027 390 6923                                                                                                                   is the result of a monumental effort by Project    and friends who attended our community                                                                                                            Twin Streams Arts Coordinator Janet Holt and       planting day on 17 May.
                                                                                                                                         features the work of six community groups
Opanuku Stream                                                                                                                           and several local artists.                         See you soon on the stream.
Contact: Annie Cochrane                                                                                                                                                                     Glen Eden
835 2726, 027 227 0805                                                                                                                   Henderson Creek
                                                                                                                                         Students from our local schools have been          Glen Eden residents: Do your properties have                                                                                                                                                                           a stream border? Are you keen to deal with
                                                                                                                                         busy maintaining their adopted stream sites
Glen Eden                                                                                                                                and admiring the fantastic growth of last          the invasive weeds in your backyard? Do you
                                                                                                                                         year’s plantings.                                  like the idea of adding environmental and
Contact: Teremoana Jones
                                                                                                                                                                                            property value with native riparian planting?
813 2063, 021 308 257                                                                                                                    On 6 September we are holding our annual           We may have the answer! Sustaining Our                                                                                                            Big Clean Up by Kayaks/Dad’s Day Out event         Streams is a one-year project between the
                                                                                                                                         at Tui Glen Park in collaboration with Violence    Sustainable Management Fund and Project
Oratia                                                                                                                                   Free Waitakere and Keep Waitakere Beautiful.       Twin Streams. Working with 70 streamside
Contact: Green Jon                                                                                                                       We will have kayaking, sack races, pony rides,     residents, the project will provide residents
838 4820, 021 076 4637                                                                                                                   egg and spoon races, a fun art activity and        with support and education around restoring                                                                                                                       live music. Bring your bikes, helmets and bike     their stream banks. Don’t miss out, contact us
                                                                                                                                         locks and take part in a fun guided tour of the    now (see sidebar).
                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks to the removal of exotic trees, a
                                                                                                                                         Our ‘swap and exchange’ table will also be         140-year-old kahikatea tree situated on
                                                                                                                                         at the event. If you have any spare produce        West Coast Rd, near Woodglen Rd, has been
                                                                                                                                         from your garden, or something from your           revealed in all its glory. Keep watching that
                                                                                                                                         cupboard, bring it along and swap it for           space as the surrounding houses are removed
                                                                                                                                         something on the table. No money changes           to continue restoration of the Waikumete
                                                                                                                                         hands; you just need to put something down         Stream. Students from Prospect Primary
                                                                                                                                         to pick something up in exchange!                  School have already started planting on the
                                                                                                                                                                                            stream bank opposite. Keep up the great work,
                                                                                                                                                                                            tamariki ma!

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