Squash Club Planting Day 

Henderson Creek’s May 2011 planting signified a shift in focus for the Henderson Creek Project Twin Steams Team. Having completed the bulk of their riparian planting, much of the area under Community Waitakere’s governance will now move into a maintenance phase.

The event was a collaboration between Henderson Creek and the Henderson Squash Club, who border the stream on Buscomb Ave. From the club’s perspective the day proved a great insight into the work being undertaken by Project Twin Streams. As Mike Pirovich, Henderson Squash Club Manager explains, “From the club members, to the people who support Project Twin Streams, to the council and community organisations involved, through to the local Iwi the whole thing was a terrific initiative. We planted 800 natives and it’s really transformed the area.”

The opportunity to inspect native geckos and streamlife provided a hands-on demonstration of the thriving ecosystem it’s hoped the site will become in time. Project Twin Streams Arts Coordinator Kristen Kell also worked with this theme, working with children to create native creatures from natural materials.

The relationship forged with local stakeholders was particularly significant for Henderson Creek Community Coordinator Sara Lovitz with regular planting day attendees making up the bulk of the numbers. Local business, Tonzu Organics, also provided their in-kind support with food for barbecue which was provided by the Squash Club.