Ten Years of Project Twin Streams

2013 marked the ten year anniversary of Project Twin Streams – ten years of local communities in West Auckland working together for healthy streams and strong communities. The project has not only worked to restore 56kms of stream banks, but has also created walk and cycle ways, works of art, community gardens, a Maori medicinal garden, a flax weaving garden and so much more.

Auckland’s Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse commented that the real success of the project has been working together with communities and building sustainable partnerships.

“In addition to improved water quality in Waitakere streams and a substantial reduction in weeds and waste, Project Twin Streams has achieved many wonderful outcomes for our local communities and won a number of regional, national and international awards along the way”, said Ms Hulse.

“There have been over 700,000 native trees and shrubs planted with almost half a million of those by volunteers. Through the walk and cycle ways communities have re-connected with each other and the stream; through education, community planting and arts projects, people now think more about the streams and see their value as a recreational and community resource”, she said.

2003 marked the project’s first community engagement, first  community planting day and first plants in the ground – although prior to that there many years of planning and objective setting.

Here’s a small glimpse of the past ten years…

A picture tells a thousand words

The Celebration

In October 2013 we held a special ‘Ten Years of Project Twin Streams’ exhibition at Westfield West City, a long-term supporter of the project. The intent behind the exhibition was to thank the many people of West Auckland who have contributed to the project over the years. It featured  a lot of photos, maps, activities, workshops and some gorgeous ‘stream people’ created from natural materials sourced streamside by the PTS Junior Stream Rangers. At the opening night of the exhibition Derek March, PTS Co-ordinator for Oratia stream, made a welcome speech which you can read here.

Take a look at how we celebrated…