Our Groups

Many groups have engaged with Project Twin Streams Henderson Creek from the start of our contract in 2005 through to new groups coming on board this year. Each individual and group we work with brings new perspectives, ideas and energy so we’d like to say a huge thank you to everybody who has worked with us in the past and who continues to do so.

We are currently working with the following incredible groups:

Art of Living Foundation NZ members have been volunteering on Henderson Creek since 2007. The intergenerational group work hard on the stream, often helping out at rubbish clean-ups and tree planting days, and combine their work with fun meditation workshops vegetarian potlucks, good conversation and the occasional game of cricket. We have held a couple of joint events with the local Epping Community Garden members.
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Arohanui Special School is one of the most frequent groups out on Henderson Creek and began volunteering in 2011. They have fortnightly sessions along their adopted area along Central Park Drive. They have become experts at identifying and removing environmental weeds and propagating native plants.
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Barnardos Early Learning Centre Cranwell Park have been involved on the Henderson Creek for many years, working in an area along Tui Glen Reserve, as well as planting natives at the centre. You can see their great work, identified by a beautiful tile and mosaic log, which is a gorgeous expression of their experiences on the stream bank.
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Child Youth and Family staff and youth began their involvement in 2008, adopting an area just behind their offices. They have held a number of planting days, enjoying the opportunity to do physical and restorative work. Their involvement led to the development of the Our Place project with their Youth Justice Team..
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Chinese Conservation Education Trust have been involved in numerous planting days and weeding bees on Henderson Creek. It’s been a transformative experience as one member explains: “When I planted the first tree on this land (this is the first time I have planted a tree), I felt that I had contributed to this country and I belonged to it.  And this belonging will be like my little plant, being bigger and stronger as the time goes by.”
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Community Works (Corrections) are an invaluable group who work on some of the more difficult areas along Henderson Creek. Recently they have put in many hours at the Henderson Squash Club. The restoration progress made would not be possible without them.
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Flanshaw Road School has been working on Henderson Creek from the start of community engagement, undertaking numerous planting, maintenance, rubbish removal, and education sessions. They have also completed a number art projects including the Our Place: Henderson Creek book. They are currently developing a ‘Treasure Island’ garden of rare native plants from New Zealand’s outlying islands in their adopted area, just off Blethyn Place.
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Henderson Primary School have been enthusiastic participants from late 2006. They have cemented a wonderful partnership with Vision Waitakere Gardens Village and West Auckland Historical Society. It is their energy which goes into planting and maintenance on the Opanuku which both these facilities overlook.  Numerous projects include the Treasures of our Stream mural on the school’s fence, Henderson’s Living History Day, and the establishment of a native plant nursery at the school.
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Henderson Squash Club became involved in 2010, with restoration works beginning on their property along Henderson Creek in November. A very successful community planting day and club open day were held in 2011 and 2012, where many plants have been planted by squash club members, other Project Twin Streams members and the local community.
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Jubea Place, Millstream and Hoya Court residents have undertaken planting and maintenance in the areas along the stream behind their properties. A number of residents have begun using large weed bags to control environmental weeds on their properties to support our restoration work.
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Nga Kakano O Te Kaihanga have been involved in tree planting, maintenance, tree carving, and multiple creative projects, such as the creation of Te Pou Arahi.  The school now has an ongoing relationship and sense of ownership of this area. They also contributed to the mosaic koru that is part of Kei tua mai at WestCity Mall.
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Rutherford College have been involved with PTS for years, doing work on both Henderson Creek and Pixie Stream right near their school. Their Envirogroup has had numerous planting and maintenance sessions and in past years have undertaken bird surveys when they came down for their stream work.
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Sunderland ACG Primary School have worked on Henderson Creek since 2008, contributing frequently to the ongoing restoration efforts opposite Central Park Drive, down behind their school. The school completed an amazing book entitled Going with the Flow , created a series of fantastic drawings on environmental weeds and a tile mural, Te Paerangi which was the result of streambank sessions, workshops and classroom learning.
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Sunderland ACG College adopted an area in Epping Reserve along Henderson Creek in 2007. In addition to undertaking restoration work, the students contributed to the transformation of a burnt tree stump into the stunning sculptur Te Pou Arahi, thus cementing the school’s relationship with this area.
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Te Atatu Endeavour Sea Scouts have been key partners in Big Clean Up events on Henderson Creek, providing kayaks and expertise, so that many local residents could safely get out on the water and help clean up the creek. In 2011 and 2012, they contributed to spring clean up events.
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Vakatautua began their involvement on the Oratia Stream in 2010. They held their first planting session on Henderson Creek in August 2011, followed by a session for Mental Health Awareness Week in October 2011. They are a hardworking group who know how to put on a fantastic shared meal following their sessions!
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Vision Waitakere Gardens looks out over Henderson Creek next to Mill Cottage. Residents have been involved in Community Planting Days and subsequent to their work with Project Twin Streams they have established incredible veggie gardens complete with a compost system, worm farm, rain water harvesting and watering system, hydroponic veggies, and more. As past winners of ARC’s Supreme Environmental Award, they are a terrific inspiration and educational resource providing educational tours for anyone who’s interested.
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West Auckland Historical Society have been involved along the area in front of Mill Cottage. They are great hosts when groups such as Henderson Primary come down to plant and weed along their adopted area. They keep an eye on the students and have also given excellent tours of their kauri dam replica and mill model. Those involved are a great educational resource and wealth of knowledge, right on the streambank. They were also fantastic partners for Henderson’s Living History Day.
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ZEAL West Auckland Youth Centre hosted the Project Twin Streams Song Quest in 2009 and become involved with the streamside restoration work in June 2010. They have since contributed greatly to the restoration of the Falls Park area. They are also busy collecting seeds, propagating plants and testing the water quality. They are one of our partners for the Our Place project which began in June 2011.
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We’d also like to thank those groups who have dedicated significant time and effort in previous years working to transform the Henderson Creek stream bank into the thriving native bush clad network we see today.

Barnardos Home-Based Care services Princes Trust
Chinese New Settlers Trust Scripture Union
Edmonton Keas SCA Hygiene
Edmonton Rest Home Sherwood Park residents
Edmonton Primary School Tagata Atumotu Trust
MIT School of Horticulture Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust
NZ Management Academy Tui Glen Scouts and Cubs
Outdoor Discoveries WALSH Trust
Pak ‘n Save Alderman Drive Waipareira Home Care Group
Korean Church West Wave After School Care
Gen-I (Telecom Foundation) Unitech Enviroreps
Epping Community Garden

 


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