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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

Wirihana Wetland Community Planting - This Sunday 5th October 1-3pm, 47 Onedin Place. All welcome to plant in Glen Edens own unique Wetland area! Bring Gumboots if you can and some kai to share after. 

Glen Eden Transition Town (GETT) Meeting - Mon 13th October 7pm @ Glen Eden Primary School Staff Room (3 Glenview Rd) to celebrate how far we've come and to discuss how far we want to go...

Sunday at the Savoy - Sunday the 9th November. Bottom of Savoy Rd. Stream testing and mulching of the newly planted tributary. All welcome.

Stream Restoration Experience Days, every Thursday and Friday, with our Stream Rangers. This is a great opportunity to learn and be involved in environmental restoration first hand. Please contact us if you would like to come along.

Hall of Fame

Allan Johnson is undoubtedly one of our most committed local volunteers. Allan has put in a great number of hours with us on our weekly stream restoration days, as well as at many other community events, including working alongside schools groups and at corrections working bees. Coming from a farming background of Maryland, USA, Allan has really enjoyed getting stuck into the physical work involved in stream restoration. Thanks for all your hard work Allan!

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
Spring e-pānui

Tēnā koutou katoa, nau mai haere mai ki ō tātou e-pānui
This Sunday the 5th of October we have a community planting in the Wirihana Wetland (see details in the events section). Over the past month we have already completed several successful plantings with Glen Eden Intermediate, Auckland Council staff and local residents.
 
Due to the draining of wetlands for both urban and agricultural use, only 10 percent of Aotearoa’s wetlands now remain. Wetlands have 3 main functions; firstly they control flooding downstream through their capacity to absorb and hold water. Secondly, they act as kidneys by allowing pollutants to settle on the wetland floor where they can be absorbed by plant roots and organisms in the soil. Thirdly wetlands are the host habitat for a huge range of native flora and fauna, including many of our much loved native birds and fish species.

Please come down and join us this Sunday to enjoy a family friendly planting day in this treasured area of West Auckland.
 

Glen Eden Intermediate students planting the Wetland in September
 
Auckland Council staff from Resource Consents. enjoying a day outside the office.

Growing food for Kererū

It is probably the most important bird we have in Aotearoa. Since the demise of the moa and huia, the kererū is the only surviving bird capable of ingesting the large fruit and berries of over 70 native trees and dispersing their seed. Many trees such as Miro, Puriri, Tawa and Tairare are totally reliant on kererū for their continued existence. The traditional kererū diet has always been fruit and berries from native trees (such as Puriri and Kowhai) and also leaves when fruit is scarce. This diet has now changed to include orchard fruits such as guavas, loquats, and plums. A way to know what kererū enjoy is to take a walk around local bush areas and parks to see what trees the kererū are feeding on. Having tall trees is also important as it is very rare to see kererū or tūī feeding close to the ground. This has allowed them to avoid many predators, consequently they have outlasted many other native birds.
 

Kūmarahou

kūmarahou is an endemic shrub growing up to 3 metres in height and is found in the top half of the North Island. Its name possibly derives from its attractive creamy yellow flowers appearing in early spring to mark the coming of the kūmara planting season. The kūmarahou has many traditional and contemporary uses. The flowers work great as a soup – take a flower head and rub it between your hands and you will find it creates a scented, soapy lather. Kūmarahou leaves and flowers also have a myriad of medicinal uses. Internally as a tea, it can be used for chest complaints, asthma, colds and as a general tonic. Externally the leaves can be used in a bath for a range of skin problems. In Glen Eden we are lucky enough to have the kūmarahou growing in our stream areas, so get out there and forage, or better yet plant some in your backyard.
 
       


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