McLaren Park Henderson South Community Initiative Ltd. (MPHS) has managed the contract for Oratia since 2007. Since then we have worked with the community to plant over 100,000 trees, mulched, and maintained over 5,000 km of stream bank regularly.
MPHS also manages the contract for the Project Twin Streams Opanuku Stream.
Project Twin Streams Oratia manages the Oratia Stream from Parrs Cross Rd. This continues next to the Project Twin Streams walk and cycleway, underneath Sunnyvale Train Station, alongside Millbrook Rd, Vitasovich Rd and then to Great North Rd. We also look after the lower Waikumete starting from halfway up Rangeview Rd then downstream under the bridge, alongside the cycleway where the confluence of Oratia and Waikumete occurs by the Millbrook Esplanade Bridge. This special place is marked by a beautiful sculpture made by contemporary Maori artist Te Rongo Kirkwood.
Project Twin Streams Oratia is all about people, pride and place. On the Oratia stream we celebrate our connection and place in nature. We remember that we couldn’t do without one another. We highlight our special creatures living in the stream, such as fresh water crabs, mussels and shrimps not to mention the amazing limpets that squirt out glow-in-the-dark liquid when they are touched! If you’re interested in learning more about any of these fascinating creatures get in touch with us. We’d be happy to take you on a tour of the stream. Or, if you’re after something self-guided we have some suggestions for you too.
As well as the natural highlights and our core business of restoring the stream banks, building community resources and environmental awareness are also key to our approach. One such initiative was our work with the community to develop the Millbrook Edible Gardens (MEG). It’s a great resource and has truly taken on a life of its own, a great source of pride for the Project Twin Streams Oratia team. If you’re interested in gardening, or would like to become more ‘green thumbed’ you’d be welcome to get involved in their regular Saturday working bees.
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Oratia and Opanuku Streams
09 836 3458
022 1054 038
McLaren Park Henderson South – MPHS HUB West – 27 Corban Ave (Corner Bruce McLaren Rd and Corban Ave), Henderson South, Auckland 0650