Unique to Glen Eden

History

The Waikumete Stream flows from a catchment known to local iwi Te Kawerau A Maki as Okaurirahi, The Great Kauri. It is of central importance to Te Kawerau A Maki as it flows from the mountain range traditionally known as Hikurangi and the large forest expanse Te Wao nui a Tiriwa (the Great Forest of Tiriwa) now known as the Waitakere Ranges.

In the 1860’s settlers came to farm the area in the wake of timber milling. In 1880 the Auckland to Kaipara railway line was opened which led to the establishment of the Waikumete Cemetery and gave growers a means to get their fresh produce to Auckland.

For most of its history Waikumete Stream was unpolluted and brimming with life. It was both a source of drinking water and food for Te Kawarau a Maki and the European settlers who followed. Project Twin Streams Glen Eden is working ensure the mauri (life force) of the Waikumete Stream remains strong for generations to come to enjoy.

Unique to Glen Eden:

  • The Lucinda Place Community Orchard provides a rare opportunity to learn, forge new connections and enjoy the fruits (literally) of your labours. Find out how you can get involved.
  • Wirihana and Kowhai Reserve Wetland
    Discover the hidden ecological gem setting suburban West Auckland apart.
  • Nga Taonga o te Waikumete Mural 
    Check out the results of a special collaboration between a local primary school, the Glen Eden community and the Project Twin Streams Arts team.
  • Upper Waikumete Stream Walk and Cycleway 
    Explore your local area on foot or by bike. This special path takes you past the restored Waikumete stream banks and features art and poetry panels.
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