Streamtalk September 2009 project twin streams official newsletter Project Milestones 2003 • Project kicks off • 2 community planting days 2004 • First community contract is signed • 3 community planting days 2005 • 2 new community organisations Paremuka trainees Rihari Yukich, 17, and Josh Frost, 18, hard at work • 5 community planting days 2006 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 launched 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. projectwinstreams.org.nz) 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 Catchment improving stormwater quality and reducing TE ATATU PENINSULA Momoto Stream the volume and speed of stormwater run-off Waitemata ee ru Cr uHu Harbour k r Hu into local streams. RANUI-MASSEY n Creek No rth Henderso W One of our main aims is reducing the HENDERSON est ern am PTS M ot tre or nS amount of stormwater entering streams SWANSON CATCHMENT wa so y an AREA Sw RURAL PTS ream from the urban environment. Hard surfaces, am LOWER tre CATCHMENT Oratia St oS am OPANUKU ok AREA Opanuku Stre such as roofs, roads and driveways, channel m ai W Wa iku me KELSTON polluted stormwater into the city’s drainage te S trea am UPPER m re St OPANUKU system and out into local streams. This ia at WAITAKERE Or FOOTHILLS GLEN EDEN problem increases as a greater number ORATIA TITIRANGI of houses and commercial and industrial Henderson Creek Catchment buildings are constructed. Fast-flowing stormwater run-off also LAINGHOLM Manukau Harbour 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 streams. 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 paths. The lighting design and installation process Sign up for Streamtalk If you enjoy reading Streamtalk and keeping up to date with Project Twin Streams news, will be as unobtrusive as possible for local Streamtalk is currently delivered to all homes sign up to continue receiving a hard copy property owners. To minimise the visual in the catchment area but we are now through the mail or to get it as an electronic impact and limit the spread of light into looking to distribute the publication only version via email. residential properties, the height of light poles to those who tell us they want to receive it. 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! Streamtalk@waitakere.govt.nz. 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 WEST HARBOUR Updates from our community Opanuku TE ATATU PENINSULA organisations The last couple of months has been an exciting Momoto Stream Waitemata Swanson time for Project Twin Streams Opanuku ee ru Cr uHu Harbour k r Hu RANUI-MASSEY Stream. We have now started restoring the k on Cree We are having a community planting day on ad No banks of the upper Opanuku Stream and we Lincoln Ro rth W Sunday 13 September, 10am to 1pm, at the Henders est Swanson Road HENDERSON ern have had a change in contract organisation. am PTS M ot bottom of Parklands Ave. Come along for a tre or The Opanuku Stream contract is now held by nS wa SWANSON CATCHMENT so y an AREA fun-filled day and help us restore our local Sw the McLaren Park Henderson South Initiative ream am LOWER stream. re St Oratia St OPANUKU HENDERSON and Derek March has joined the team as the o am Gr ok VALLEY Opanuku Stre ea m tN ai W Henderson Valley Road Wa ikume or th Ro KELSTON Swanson School has a new stream mural new community coordinator for the upper te S ad trea focusing on the do’s and don’ts of looking after Opanuku. am UPPER m re St OPANUKU West Coast Road d oa ia iR our streams. The mural was a collaborative at WAITAKERE ng In May we celebrated the launch of our book, Or GLEN EDEN ra FOOTHILLS iti ORATIA T TITIRANGI 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 Manukau 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 HUIA 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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). cycleway. 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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