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Ōtara Waterways and Lake Restoration Initiative

How can we restore the mauri of the Ngāti Ōtara Creek, moana and awa - and in so doing re-establish the pride and reconnection of the community to the land?

Project details

Project duration

September 2015 - December 2015

Organised by

Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate

Funding awarded

$20,000.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform

“When the lake, waterways and wildlife flourish, the people flourish”

During the late 70’s and early 80’s teachers at Hillary College used to take to take students out to the creek for activities like kayaking and recreational sport. At present the creek is overgrown with mangroves and is at the best of times a health and safety risk to the students at Hillary College. The water is highly polluted and the area is not a pleasant place to be. The neglected state of the whole area, has made it unsafe for the students to use in any way whatsoever.

The students are examining the current pollution levels of this creek through:

- Analysing water and silt samples will on site and in a laboratory

- Creating reports and presentations

- Native planting and regenerating a selected area next to the school.

Background

The creek and the park have strong historical and cultural values to the community. Ngāti Ōtara Park, which is adjacent to the creek, covers an area of 26 hectares. This whole area is also adjacent to Hillary College. The land area is partly the result of historic landfill activities.

The Ngāti Ōtara Marae is also located adjacent to the creek/park. Historically, Tangata whenua used the creek as a supply route from the sea to bring in provisions and materials needed. There was also a horse training track near the creek. But limited use of the lake and creek has been made over recent years.

Partners

Ōtara Waterways & Lake Steering Group, AUT, Wai Care, Auckland City Council, Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board.

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Project details

Project duration

September 2015 - December 2015

Organised by

Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate

Funding awarded

$20,000.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform