Our Streams – Our Dreams
EcoMatters Environment Trust has worked on Project Twin Streams with the local community in Glen Eden since 2006. We are guided by a shared vision of healthy waters for our future. This vision of sustainability guides our restoration activities (such as weeding and planting) which cover over 15.6 km of the Waikumete, Bishop and Whakarina Streams.
Glen Eden streams flow through the most heavily urbanised region of the Project Twin Streams catchment. Our homes and roads are the largest contributors of pollution into streams through storm water systems. A key part of our work on the ground is with schools, Community Planting Days and our one-on-one interactions with the public. We’re specifically focussed on building capacity in our community by empowering neighbourhood groups and educating our tamariki (children). We encourage them to learn about the everyday steps they can take to make as individuals by minimising pollution and lightening their environmental footprint. Check out our What Can I Do? section – or if you’re interested in learning more please contact our Community Coordinator.
Community development is an important part of our approach, and during the past six years we have helped establish a number of neighbourhood groups who each provide incredible energy to restoring their adopted areas of the stream. Alongside these local residents we also have business, retail and industrial areas located on Glen Eden streams; as well as a marae, five schools and three major parks. We are proud to partner with these local organisations and to provide new opportunities for volunteers working across our varied catchment. You can read about their contribution on the Glen Eden Hall of Fame. It is also our privilege and pleasure to be a part of the local community-led development project – Greater Glen Eden. The purpose of this group is to work together to achieve the best for the people of Glen Eden. We’re also thrilled to be working with Glen Eden Transition Town (GETT) whose focus on sustainability and community align with ours.
The Waikumete Stream represents one of the key headwaters for the Henderson Creek. It flows from Titirangi through Glen Eden, linking the bush-clad lower slopes of the Waitakere Ranges to Henderson Creek, before reaching the Waitemata harbour. We believe it’s a special part of West Auckland, particularly the Wirihana and Kowhai Reserve Wetland. Wetlands are an ecosystem rarely found in the urban environment, so we are passionate about restoring this natural treasure in our rohe (area).
As well as our working to restore our unique environment, Project Twin Streams Glen Eden has also contributed to a number of projects that will have a lasting legacy for the local community. The Nga Taonga o the Waikumete (Treasures of the Waikumete) community mural plays a significant role in beautifying the local township and we’ve also created one of Auckland’s only Community Orchards at Lucinda Place and residents can enjoy a dedicated section of Project Twin Streams’ walk and cycleway that weaves alongside the Upper Waikumete Stream. The Enviro Art Maze at Konini Primary School is another example of a unique project in Glen Eden which will educate and inspire.
Finally, we would like to acknowledge our relationship with the mana whenua Te Kawerau a Maki. We really appreciate the opportunity to engage with local iwi to support their role of kaitiaki of the rohe (area). We are committed to working in a way that reflects our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi).
We believe the work that we and our local community undertake on Project Twin Streams form small steps on a journey of honouring the history and people of the land. We hope you can share in our vision for today and into the future.