What’s Happening NOW

Project Twin Streams continues its great work by engaging community to maintain restored streams and waterways in West Auckland.

Community in these areas, and wider Auckland, are welcome to engage in maintaining these key sites. Through its contracted Community Organisations the project continues to offer opportunities for the public to engage in environmental restoration, exercise kaitiakitanga and gain exposure to working for the environment.This can be achieved by working together with the four Community Organisations on various activities such as education, stream-based maintenance activities (like mulching, planting, water quality testing and many more) offering the opportunity to learn and engage with native fauna and flora.

To get involved or for more information contact your community coordinator at one of our Community Organisations near you:

 Project Twin Streams Community Organisations’ Contact Details:


Tina Samuelu
P: 022 105 4038
E: tina@mphs.org.nz

Esteban Hevia
P: 0226440767 
E: esteban@mphs.org.nz

Based at: MPHS HUB West 27 Corban Ave (Corner Bruce McLaren Rd and Corban Ave), Henderson South


Amber Hiroti
P: 022 506 2592
E: environmentnavigator@teukaipo.org.nz

Roi Stephens
P: 022 596 5164
E: environmentnavigator1@teukaipo.org.nz

Based at: Te Ukaipo, 482 Swanson Road, Ranui


Pamela Gill
P: 021 308 257
E: pamela@ecomatters.org.nz

Gabriela Ezeta
P: 021 143 2255
E: gabriela@ecomatters.org.nz

Based at: EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn


Chris Burton 
P: 022 504 3002
E: chris@communitywaitakere.org.nz

Belinda Studholme
P: 022 504 3006
E: belinda@communitywaitakere.org.nz

Based at: Community Waitakere, 13 Edsel St, Henderson



Project Twin Streams

Community Organisations’ 

Contact Details


Tina Samuelu
P: 09 836 3458
M: 022 1054 038
E: oratiapts@mphs.org.nz

Esteban Hevia
P: 0226440767
E: esteban@mphs.org.nz

Based at:
27 Corban Ave (Corner Bruce McLaren Rd and Corban Ave)
Henderson South


Cecily Mantell
P: 09 833 7005
M: 021 832 407
E: CMantell@teukaipo.org.nz

Matilda Hohenberger
P: 022 081 2211
E: matilda@teukaipo.org.nz

Based at:
Te Ukaipo
482 Swanson Road


Pamela Gill
P: 09 813 2063
M:021 308 257
E: pamela@ecomatters.org.nz

Gabriela Ezeta
P: 09 826 0554
M: 021 143 2255
E: gabriela@ecomatters.org.nz

Based at:
EcoMatters Environment Trust
1 Olympic Place
New Lynn


Chris Burton
P: 09 838 7904 ext 702
E: chris@communitywaitakere.org.nz

Belinda Studholme
M: 022 504 3006
E: belinda@communitywaitakere.org.nz

Based at:
Community Waitakere
13 Edsel St


The Project Twin Streams team has been active in your community for the past 13 years, so we’re taking a moment to find out what you think of what we do – and how we can do it better.

We’d be grateful if you could take a few minutes to answer a few questions and give us some feedback.

To start just click on this link:

Thank you!

Noho Ora Mai

The Project Twin Streams Team


Come to our Community Planting Day!

Wirihana Reserve

Saturday May 14th 2016 from 1pm-3pm

All Welcome!

Please click on the flyers below for further details

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Come and Join Us!

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We look forward to seeing you there…

Kauri Karnival

On Sunday Project Twin Streams took part in the inaugural Kauri Karnival at Parr’s Park. The Kauri Karnival was a Council-led free family event celebrating kauri and raising awareness on kauri dieback disease. Families could enjoy live music, dress ups, competitions, kapa haka, a Punch and Judy Show, animal petting zoo, bouncy castle, stilt walkers, circus games, carnival games and more. It also featured lots of stalls with kauri art, potting kauri seeds and more – all with a kauri theme. The PTS stall was enhanced by an amazing tall handmade kauri grove created by Derek, our PTS Community Coordinator for Opanuku and the Walsh Trust. Tina, PTS Community Coordinator for Oratia, made her own forest tree mask out of natural resources:- small branches cut and painted, dried leaves & small flowers and also featured a spider, green bug, moth, dragonfly, and red admiral. She also led a kids’  activity making clay collages with the kids and offered them cardboard  to be used as tree trunks and native tree leaves, ferns and seeds so the kids could use their imagination and be creative with that. A great day was had by all.


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This beautiful forest mask was made and worn by Tina – PTS Community Coordinator for Oratia

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Volunteers from the Walsh Trust hard at work creating the magnificent kauri trees

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The PTS stall

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Millbrook Edible Garden display

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Tina in costume

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Tina leading the kids’ activities


This surreal pollution was spotted recently at La Rosa Gardens. If you’re wondering what you can you do when you think the water you’re looking at is polluted here are some simple steps:

  1. Call POLLUTION HOTLINE on 377 3017
  2. Ask them for a job # in case you need to call them back about it
  3. Collect a sample in a jar before it disappears
  4. Take some photos and describe it (what colour it is, if it smells etc) for the Hotline

Please always take some action. Don’t ever think it’s OK for your local waterways to look like this…

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10 Year Celebration – Opening Night of the Exhibition at Westfield WestCity, Henderson

Derek March, PTS Co-ordinator for Oratia stream, made a welcoming speech:

Hi everyone, it is great that we can have this opportunity to come together and celebrate 10 years of PTS. We coordinators wanted this celebration to be about you the community volunteers who really are the back bone of the project.  These ten years have seen many changes in professional staff over the years, there is a board over there where you can find all the faces old and new.

During these ten years we have also seen a number of community groups and individual volunteers come and go as their circumstances have changed.  A number of you though, have been here for the whole journey. During my time in my job I have been aware of volunteers who were committed to the overall Henderson catchment concept of PTS. These people might attend a community planting day on the Opanuku stream one month for instance, and next month attend a planting day on Henderson creek. Other people have been solely committed to an adopted area on a particular stream. Some of you have come along to working bees as individuals, while others have come as part of a group. Some of you have been motivators of others and some of you have been responders to motivation. Some of you attend weekly while others of you are much less regular.

 Whichever way your commitment fits into the ten years, on behalf of the community coordinators and their respective community organisations I would like to say a huge thank you to your and your associates for your support of this work. Every individual who has supported us has helped to shape the marvellous corridors we see developing before our eyes.

 Within bounds our intention has been to work with nature, and we are at that magic place where we see her working spontaneously within the stage we have set.

I am always blown away by the amount of work that can be achieved by a group of people pulling together to accomplish a task. Sadly there are not enough models like this functioning out there in this age of individualism and citizens with a dependency on centralized authority.

Along with the Project Twin Streams environmental focus of working for the improvement of storm water quality and mitigation of the effects of human development to promote healthy streams, the purpose has been to develop strong communities.

The fact that we are here tonight celebrating with you our community is testament to the commitment originally made by Waitakere City and continued by Auckland City to develop meaningful partnerships with our respective community organisations who undertake community engagement with you our volunteers.

Wikipedia describes the action of  Volunteering as generally being considered an altruistic activity intended to promote good or improve human quality of life.  It goes on to say the action of volunteering can produce in the volunteer feelings of self-worth and respect. It states there is no financial gain involved and you know that well enough. It goes on to state that Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun and is also intended to make contacts for possible employment.

Whilst altruism is a traditional virtue in many cultures and a core aspect of various religious traditions it is often seen in our more self centred culture as a bit out of step.

Whatever your motivation is for volunteering, whether it be environmental or social we hope that you have been rewarded in many unexpected ways in return for your generous gifting of your time.

We have had lots of fun over the years, and our community planting days have been really special events with music, games, education and of course food.

Our creative art coordinators have helped people come to a more intuitive spiritual connection with our streams. Many of the resulting art pieces are now meaningful signs and markers on the cycleways and in schools and other public places. Many of these are pictured on the creative engagement boards in the exhibition.  – check out the ephemeral stream folk over here to my right and upstairs which have been made recently by various of our groups using materials gathered from the natural environment. They capture the spirit of you people working in harmony with nature.

Out of the Project Twin Streams relationship with local communities has grown the number of community initiatives such as Community gardens and orchards a Pa Harakeke, native plant nurseries the maori medicinal garden Maara Oranga. Check out the ‘associated projects’ display. These facilities provide a number of functions including education and cultural harvest.

 Whilst the majority of the planting is completed on the project areas originally planned. There are still levels of partnership and cooperation to be explored as the habitat we have had a hand in initiating plunges its roots deeper and lifts its branches ever higher. In the urban setting there will be continuing invasions of plants from gardens etc and introduced animals will threaten in various ways. There are many tributaries in the catchment still requiring restoration. We know that council and community continuing to work together can bring about the best protection of our stream edge biodiversity.

 People you speak to do genuinely appreciate and value the restoration work that our volunteers in association with the environmental contractors have done so far. For many of these folk the closest they have got to being part of the PTS experience has been walking or cycling along the cycleways. They see the plantings growing and can see the fruit of our work, but for you who have put on the gloves and planted and weeded there is another level of appreciation and sense of ownership.

Spending time around the stream you learn a lot about the ecosystems operating there.  I love sharing the knowledge I have gained and the experiences I have had with other people, maybe even opening their eyes to understand the natural world a bit more. This has been a two way process for me and I know I have learnt a lot from our volunteers as well.

Every season has its own learning; Spring with the wind blown call of Pipiwharauroa the Shining Cuckoo, just returned from the North Western Pacific.  Humid summer air carries the cicada songs while the trees are full of bird food fruit.  Autumn rain and lower air pressure signals to the eels it is migration time. Along with the increase of insights into these things, greater grows ones sense of mystery and fascination with the webs of interconnection in and around the streams from the western hills down to the sea into which they flow.

Not everyone has bought into these stories yet, and there are a number of disconnected citizens who do not see our streams as living entities to be nurtured. We still fish shopping trollies and tyres and all sorts of trash of civilization out of their waters and off their banks.

We treasure our relationships with all of our partners in our communities, and we love providing educational opportunities to young and old.

We hope you will enjoy the exhibition, we wanted it to be an expression of what we think the spirit of the project is about – you people. On behalf of the community coordinators I would like to thank Anna Fomison who has done a great and difficult job of coordinating and curating the show and this event.

Thanks also to the Auckland Council for their financial support and also to West City Mall for hosting us here. The mall have also provided children’s colouring activities leading up to tonight.

Thanks again, and congratulations on an amazing job.

I think you should give yourselves a great big clap.






The Henderson Stream Team

What a great way to spend a day; next to a stream, a mix of hard work and reflective time, good chats with other locals, and a strong sense of satisfaction! The Henderson Stream Team is open to anyone wanting to join regular working bees and kicked off in April 2012 with Saturday morning once a month, and has branched out to include fortnightly sessions on Tuesdays.

Many of the people coming along became involved with Project Twin Streams at our large events and decided to continue their involvement. Locals have weeded, planted, tested the water quality, moved mulch, learned about rare plants, made traditional Māori medicine and tried their hand at weaving with harakeke among other things.

“Thanks very much for the wonderful morning we had planting, collecting rubbish and water testing. It was highly educational for hubby and I. We have just planted 250 harakeke, kumarahou ti kouka on our whānau homestead and surrounding waterway so our day with you was an extension of what we are trying to do for our land back home on the East Coast. Kia ora koe!”

– Stream Team participant

Community Planting Days


Community Waikatere has held many fantastic Community Planting Days along Henderson Creek since 2005, always with games, BBQs, and laughter. In 2011, with most public areas of Henderson Creek planted up, a large section of streambank that is part of Henderson Squash Club was chosen for restoration, and has been the site of our annual Community Planting Days since then. These planting days are a result of successful collaboration between Project Twin Streams and the Henderson Squash Club. From the club’s perspective the restoration work has really transformed the area to be more beautiful and enjoyable.


In 2013, the Community Planting Day put over 450 plants into the ground with love and care but also at fantastic speed. The BBQ, organised by the Squash Club, had just enough time to warm up to feed the hungry masses.  Many of the plants were manuka and kanuka, to create a quick native forest canopy at the site. About 50 people in total helped out on the day, including a large group from Art of Living- Auckland Branch, and they all deserve a large thank you for their work! The event brought together people from many walks of life, all involved with Project Twin Streams in different ways. The day was great fun with free squash after the planting,  a great competition among participants to win the lucky spade prize – a copy of our film ‘Up the Creek’ and the stream fairy, Chelsea, made sure the everyone had tasty treats to keep up the hard planting work.