The official opening of Our Place on 8 November 2011 by The Hon. Dr. Nick Smith, Minister of the Environment marked a significant milestone for the Henderson Creek team.
Our Place was a stream restoration project that worked with at-risk youth to restore the stream side margin along Cranwell Park, Falls Park and adjacent areas in Henderson from 2011-2013. The official opening of Our Place on 8 November 2011 by The Hon. Dr. Nick Smith, Minister of the Environment marked a significant milestone for the Henderson Creek team.
The team secured funding from the Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund to provide targeted opportunities for young people to gain practical skills in environmental restoration.
The funding recognised the expertise Community Waitakere has developed in restoration planting and environmental education since it came on board with Project Twin Streams in 2005 and is a successful example of the wider community development objectives of Project Twin Streams in action.
Participants took part in practical on site workshops ranging from eco-sourcing native seeds, raising seedling and exploring the methodologies behind restoration planting schemes, such as the work undertaken on Project Twin Streams. The project connected high needs and offending youth with the environment through dedicated face-to-face sessions and hopes to foster long-term behaviour change for those individuals involved.
Our Place built on the existing ties Henderson Creek had formed with Child Youth and Family (Waitakere) and ZEAL West Auckland to deliver the project via a partnership model that draws on the strength of these organisations.
- Engage high needs young people with Henderson Creek stream restoration and raise awareness of local stormwater and environmental issues.
- Restore the riparian margin along Cranwell Park, Falls Park and adjacent margins following the most appropriate methodology for the site.
- Gain an understanding of the partial impact of the restoration programme on water quality in the streams.
- Develop a nursery that will produce seedlings for the project and potentially local youth employment.