The start of 2019 has been busy with events such as the always wonderful EcoWest Festival, MPHS Community Festival and Kauri Karnival, as well as work with our various groups, high school and university students, and watching the development of new works of community art. Read on below for more details about what's been happening.
We are always happy to see you volunteering or simply out and about enjoying our Project Twin Streams areas. Please contact your local community coordinator (details below) if you would like to help out or to give us any feedback.
Thanks for staying in touch with us and our progress. We appreciate your support!
Noho ake rā
The Project Twin Streams Team
December to March
Total Volunteers: 1230
December to March
Total Volunteer Hours: 2073.75
IDEA Services supports adults with intellectual disabilities to live in their own homes and be part of their local communities. Their unique one-to-one friendship programme includes skill-based volunteering. Our IDEA Services group has been weeding by Oratia Stream with our PTS team from MPHS.
They like the rubbish cleanups, weeding and mulching and it gives them a great sense of pride to contribute towards caring for the environment. They also learn to identify native trees and understand why we mulch around them, and also enjoy being outdoors getting some exercise.
In preparation Walsh Trust weeded their adopted garden plots, dug through compost and planted donated vegetable seedlings.
We were supported by Richard (Gardens4Health), Homer (also a facilitator and with The Compost Collective), Cate Jessep (Auckland Council's Sustainable Schools Advisor) and Margaret Campbell (Manager of Waitakere Improving School Attendance Programme). Margaret works alongside solo parent beneficiaries wanting to upskill and return to the workforce and she bought along 4 young women currently participating in the specialised Enviroschools Teacher Aide Programme.
The PTS Glen Eden team hosted two fun school holiday days for tamariki from Refugees as Survivors NZ. A total of 36 young people aged between 5 and 13 years old came out and weeded, mulched, potted up karamu seedlings and explored our local stream walkway from Kaurilands Domain to Ceramco Park.
Our ever popular clay collage activity delighted children and adults alike at the Waitākere Ranges Local Board's Kauri Karnival in Parr's Park.
🎨 CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT
This project has a long history of creatively inspiring and engaging the West Auckland community. Download our Art Trail Map to discover some Project Twin Streams works of art in your neighbourhood and read on for more about what creative activities have been going on recently in our PTS area...
If you're out and about these school holidays check out these amazing new sculptures from some very talented local artists. Te Haerenga o Ngā Inanga is on display in Coletta Esplanade, Te Atatu South. Developed by young artists from Two4Nine – A Supported Life in collaboration with Community Waitakere they represent the perilous journey taken by inanga and the pressures they face to survive.
Inanga (Galaxias maculatus) are one of 5 species of native fish in the galaxiid family that make up what most people know as whitebait. To help them survive we need to ensure the edges of streams are planted with native plants to cover and cool the water as well as reduce erosion. We need to control pests, and stop polluting our streams.
These pou were created by local artists from A Supported Life with the guidance of Art Facilitator Anna Crichton and support from Brian Keach (Henderson Mens Shed) and Richard Van Bremen (Cartwright Woodworkers Ltd).
Pou 📷 by Graham Collins
Unfortunately as we move further down stream from the Waitākere Ranges towards urban areas we can see a decrease in water quality. This is due to a number of factors, including loss of canopy cover, road runoff, rubbish, stormwater and sewage spills.
Four young people and four staff from Kakano Youth Art Collective joined our PTS Henderson Creek team from Community Waitakere to explore these issues in more detail by comparing three sites from the foothills of the Waitākeres down to Falls Park in Henderson.
The change between the sites was most obvious by the reduction in stream life. Upstream koura, giant kokopu and wooded caddisflies were found and nothing really of note in Henderson. The other notable feature as they travelled downstream was the increase in rubbish; with trolleys, tyres and single use plastics more obvious.
We are looking forward to the artists using this experience to inspire a mural that will be painted in the near future. Watch this space!
Simon Grant is the Environmental Coordinator for Project Twin Streams Henderson Creek at Community Waitakere and has been a long time supporter of the project. His unusual employment history includes writing, ecological restoration, drama and landscape gardening. Simon's sense of theatre and mischief has often led him to engage with the community through drama and film. He has also written a number of children's books and will read them to anyone who is willing to listen, including pigs. Please say hi if you see him around and if you'd like to get in touch you can reach him on 838 7903 or email email@example.com
You never know what you'll encounter when you're out and about by the stream! We spotted this eel above recently at Wirihana Wetland. To see more of the amazing natural treasures we discover in your neighbourhood you can Like us on Facebook,Instagram or Twitter.
VOLUNTEERING 💙 🌏
EF (foreign exchange) students recently assisted PTS Glen Eden with a Waikumete Stream clean up and mulching session.These keen young international students wanted to do their bit to support the NZ environment while they were here.
Thomas, the new intern working with our PTS Glen Eden team for the next 3 months, is from Belgium. He's an awesome supporter of PTS and since he started he has mucked in and done anything and everything to support the PTS kaupapa.
Volunteers on a recent Love Your Streams day having lunch after a beautiful day of weeding on the Waikumete stream.
Kowhai Reserve has had a number of groups involved with caring for this area, including a hardy group of managers from BP (left) who worked in the rain, mulching and weeding with us.
An awesome group students from O'Rourke Hall from Auckland University (right) also got to spend time in nature and support our mahi at Kowhai Reserve.
BEFORE & AFTER
You might notice changes in your neighbourhood – there's work going on all over the PTS area. Below are some recent Before and After snapshots from our PTS Ranui team from Paremuka and Te Rangi Hiroa:
VOLUNTEERS WANTED 💪🏻 FOR:
GLEN EDEN WHEN: Wednesdays and Fridays
Contact Pamela Gill at EcoMatters:
ph 021 143 2255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ORATIA & OPANUKU STREAMS
WHEN: Friday mornings 9-12
Contact Tina Samuelu at MPHS:
ph 022 1054 038 or email email@example.com