Calling on volunteers for spring stream clean-up

CLEANING UP: Volunteers Carrie Taoho, Bree-Ella Rangi, Remu Rangi and Bree Skinner taking part in a clean-up and planting session at Waikanae Stream last year. This Sunday is another opportunity for volunteers to get stuck in with the stream restoration. Picture by Liam Clayton

GREEN-FINGERED volunteers are being called on to help with a clean-up session at Waikanae Stream this Sunday.

The work will involve rubbish collecting, weeding and planting along the stream bank next to the Grey Street Skatepark.

Waikanae Stream Care Group organiser Jason Akuhata-Brown said the work would follow planting in July.

“Back in July we were tidying and planting an area that was damaged in the Easter storm from ex-Cyclone Cook,” he said.

“The shrubs we planted are really doing well but they need weeding and we want to extend the mulch cover to create a clear boundary between planted areas and lawn.”

Planting efforts along Waikanae Stream this year have largely been mid-week opportunities, through Conservation Experiences Tairawhiti and Gisborne District Council, rather than weekend sessions in previous years.

This Sunday provides another opportunity for volunteers to be involved in the stream restoration project.

“All work along the stream bank contributes to reducing pollution by removing litter and adding native shrubs that filter run-off into the awa,” Mr Akuhata-Brown said.

“Our main focus on Sunday will be tidying up plantings next to the skatepark before summer, when locals and visitors enjoy spending time near the stream.”

The attitude to the awa had changed a lot since the group started working there in 2011, Mr Akuhata-Brown said.

“Back then, the stream and banks were so littered with rubbish, and looked so neglected, that this was a place nobody wanted to visit.

“Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, we see people really enjoying and caring for the area.

“Our hope is that the tamariki who come along with their whanau to help with the mahi will ensure the awa is cared for well into the future.”

The clean-up session will take place at Waikanae Stream this Sunday, October 1, from 1pm-3pm.

Volunteers should meet at the Grey Street Skatepark to register and get instructions on the programme for the day.

Light gloves and rubbish bags will be available for litter collectors.

Waikanae Stream supporters include Te Ora Hou, Department of Conservation, Women’s Native Tree Project Trust, Gisborne District Council, Keep Gisborne Beautiful, Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Forest and Bird Gisborne Branch, Eastland Port and Jukes Carriers.

GREEN-FINGERED volunteers are being called on to help with a clean-up session at Waikanae Stream this Sunday.

The work will involve rubbish collecting, weeding and planting along the stream bank next to the Grey Street Skatepark.

Waikanae Stream Care Group organiser Jason Akuhata-Brown said the work would follow planting in July.

“Back in July we were tidying and planting an area that was damaged in the Easter storm from ex-Cyclone Cook,” he said.

“The shrubs we planted are really doing well but they need weeding and we want to extend the mulch cover to create a clear boundary between planted areas and lawn.”

Planting efforts along Waikanae Stream this year have largely been mid-week opportunities, through Conservation Experiences Tairawhiti and Gisborne District Council, rather than weekend sessions in previous years.

This Sunday provides another opportunity for volunteers to be involved in the stream restoration project.

“All work along the stream bank contributes to reducing pollution by removing litter and adding native shrubs that filter run-off into the awa,” Mr Akuhata-Brown said.

“Our main focus on Sunday will be tidying up plantings next to the skatepark before summer, when locals and visitors enjoy spending time near the stream.”

The attitude to the awa had changed a lot since the group started working there in 2011, Mr Akuhata-Brown said.

“Back then, the stream and banks were so littered with rubbish, and looked so neglected, that this was a place nobody wanted to visit.

“Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, we see people really enjoying and caring for the area.

“Our hope is that the tamariki who come along with their whanau to help with the mahi will ensure the awa is cared for well into the future.”

The clean-up session will take place at Waikanae Stream this Sunday, October 1, from 1pm-3pm.

Volunteers should meet at the Grey Street Skatepark to register and get instructions on the programme for the day.

Light gloves and rubbish bags will be available for litter collectors.

Waikanae Stream supporters include Te Ora Hou, Department of Conservation, Women’s Native Tree Project Trust, Gisborne District Council, Keep Gisborne Beautiful, Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Forest and Bird Gisborne Branch, Eastland Port and Jukes Carriers.

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