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Read on for news, events and information from the Project Twin Streams Glen Eden team. 
Project Twin Streams Glen Eden

Events

Stream Restoration Experience Days every Thurs and Fridays, with our Stream Rangers. This is a great opportunity to learn and be involved in environmental restoration of the Glen Eden Streams first hand. Please contact us if you would like to come along.
Regular Sunday Arvo @ the Savoy environmental restoration sessions at the bottom of Savoy Rd. Mulching, planting & weeding Stream areas. The next Stream testing session Sunday 15th Feb 2015. Contact Noel 0274761956 if you are interested .  All welcome. 
Regular  Lucinda Orchard Working Bees at 6-8 Lucinda Place, Glen Eden. Bring your tools, kids and enthusiasm. Contact Helen 0211392940. Next working bee Sun 18th January 10am-12pm.
Come and be part of the many  Glen Eden Pop Up Village Activities in December. It includes live music from our local band 'Singularity', art activities, fitness plus SANTA!
A Savoy Community Garden Initiative is being planned by local neighbours if you are interested please contact Sarah 0226038457

Hall of Fame

We have loved working alongside Prospect Primary Junior Stream Rangers who have been keenly involved in learning and taking care of the Glen Eden streams. They take regular care of the Waikaukau Stream, which flows through their school grounds, with  weeding, mulching and planting.
They have also had special trips to the Waikumete and the Wirihana Wetland to plant other parts of the wonderful Glen Eden stream network.
Keep up the great work Prospect Stream Warriors!

Alanah Mullin 
Stream Ranger
09 813 2285
021 308 268

Sam McElwee
Stream Ranger
09 813 2285
021308813

Pamela Gill
Community Coordinator
09 813 2063
021 308 257

Our Streams Our Dreams
December e-pānui

Wishing you all a very merry Xmas and happy New Year!
Recently the fantastic Kaurilands Kindergarten Art Sculpture has emerged in our midst in the Kaurilands Domain next to the Atkinson Walkway, which is of course beside our Waikumete Stream!

These young artists came up with inspiration for this art piece during their walks beside the stream and then brainstormed the ideas which flowed from these. They then drew and painted the ideas into pictures as a prototype for their outdoor art sculpture.

At the opening, Kaumatua Bill blessed the occasion with particular praise to the kids for their contribution to our community. Proud parents and other community members come along to the art unveiling to honour the work of the tamariki.

Thank you to Auckland Council for funding this Project Twin Streams community initiative with the help of our Art Facilitator Mandy Patmore. 


Prototyping and planning for Kaurilands stream creatures sculture.

Caroline, Mandy and the Tamariki, at the unveiling of the Kaurilands Kindy Art Sculpture.
 

Mānuka

The mānuka tree grows up to 10 meters and is found throughout Aotearoa. Mānuka can be distinguished from it’s bigger cousin the kānuka, by the spiky feel of it’s leaves (“mānuka mean, kānuka kind”). Mānuka was named ‘tea-tree’ by early European setters, from the use of it's foliage for brewing tea.

Mānuka is an important pioneer tree in  re-vegetaion projects, including here at Project Twin Streams. Mānuka grow quickly and create shelter for slower growing tree species which eventually over-top and shade out mānuka. Mānuka also have the ability to grow well in poor eroded soils and once estabilished, are very tolerant to drought and water logging.

Mānuka honey and oil are well known for their anti-worm, anti-bacterial and insecticidal properties. Also traditionally, foliage was used for vapour baths to treat colds and invoke anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. Decoctions (crushed and boiled) were used for urinary complaints and fever while seeds were chewed for diarrhoea.
 

Bees Please

Bees are under threat across the planet. The dramatic decline in bee numbers is reputedly due to a lack of food (nectar and pollen) and the wide spread use of chemicals in the environment. Bees are very important for humans, at least a third of our food production relies on bee pollination. Albert Einstein said “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live".

How can we encourage bees in our backyards?  Garden organically, the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers detract and harm bees. Grow plants in your garden that attract bees.  Bees love plants with ample amounts of pollen and nectar such as borage, lavender, rosemary, calendula, cabbage tree,  harakeke, koromiko , mānuka, tarata (lemonwood) and pōhutukawa. Create a shallow pond in your garden where bees can land on the edges to collect water. Don’t mow the lawn too often, leave clover and dandelion in the lawn for a while for bees to forage on.  Eat more organic food to encourage producers to limit pesticides on crops!
       


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