Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Community initiative revitalising local stream


Community initiative revitalising local stream

After years of neglect, a community initiative supported by the North Shore City Council will breathe new life into the Centorian Reserve stream in Windsor Park.

Concerned about the state of the stream, Mairangi Bay resident, Alan McPike, contacted the council to share his ideas for restoring the area that for about 18 years has been barren of shade and native plants.

"Centorian Reserve has a playground and is frequently used by families, but the stream and the area around it has looked lifeless for a long time. While a few families have planted native plants along the banks, they have been quickly overgrown by Kikuyu and other weeds," says Mr McPike.

"The area is difficult to maintain and the stream is fairly long - I recognised that a major initiative was needed to really make a difference."

Delighted to hear Mr McPike's plans for creating a habitat that will attract native birds and improve stream life, the council organised a planting day to involve the community in the restoration project.

North Shore City's environmental education co-ordinator, Sarah Yarrow, says there was a great response with around 25 adults and children turning up to plant 200 native shrubs and trees supplied by the council.

"Everyone who turned up expressed an interest in continuing to work with us to achieve Alan's plans for restoring the 350-metre stream and the surrounding area over the next few years," says Ms Yarrow.

"Our council will provide plants, prepare the area for planting and assist with the maintenance of the planted areas while the community will do the actual planting."

North Shore City's works and environment committee chairperson, Joel Cayford, says the council is committed to providing an environment that everyone can enjoy, but relies on the community also playing its part.

"Our aim is to create and maintain a natural environment that enhances quality of life so that generations can enjoy our city for years to come. It is essential that we work together to achieve this," says Councillor Cayford.

"Where the community has indicated an interest in taking action for the benefit of the environment we will look at ways of supporting them. We encourage people to contact us with their ideas."

The Centorian Reserve stream restoration project will be facilitated through the Wai Care programme, which provides community groups with resources to monitor and improve stream water quality.

A public planting event will be held at Centorian Reserve during Clean Up NZ week on Sunday, September 21 from 2 - 4pm. For more information about this event or Wai Care people can contact Sarah Yarrow by calling North Shore City's Actionline on 486 8600. >

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election