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


Take part in the NZ Garden Bird Survey 2013, June 29th-July 7th.  This annual survey is a great opportunity for us to collectively look at what birds live in our home garden.

Plastic Free July - The challenge is simple, attempt to use no single use plastic throughout July.  Sign up should you wish or just do it!

'Sunday Arvo at the Savoy', Sunday 21st July 1-3pm.  GETT Enviro Restoration Group, in partnership with Project Twin Streams Glen Eden, will be mulching the stream edge area followed by kai & conversation. Meet at the bottom of Savoy Road.

Glen Eden Transition Town (GETT), Tuesday 23rd July 7-9pm. Meeting at Lucy's place (a local resident) to discuss all manner of sustainability initiatives in Glen Eden; community gardens, waste minimisation, and caring for our environment. Please contact us for the address.
Lucinda Place Community Orchard Working Bee, Saturday August 3rd 2-4pm. Bring your tools and kids to Lucinda Place.

Happy Matariki! Here is the Sustainable Living Centre workshop programme for July/August.

Hall of Fame

We are very sad to lose a good friend to Project Twin Streams and Glen Eden. Ray Kernaghan has been such a jovial identity passionately caring for his Glen Eden environment and community. We met him often on the streamside with Lizzie & would talk at length about the improvements to Glen Eden.

Ray is pictured above with Lizzie during a streamside clean up along the Glen Eden Cycleway in 2011. Our blessings go to Marion & family.

Rest in peace Ray.

Get in Touch

Alanah Mullin 
Stream Ranger
09 813 2285
021 308 268

Tony Phillips
Stream Ranger
09 813 2285
021 308813

Pamela Gill
Community Coordinator
09 813 2063
021 308 257

Our Streams Our Dreams
July e-pānui

Tēnā koutou katoa, nau mai haere mai ki ō tātou e-pānui

We kick our July e-panui off with a story from local resident Raychel...

Armed with a camera, I.D chart,  net and lunchbox, we set off to explore for creatures in our local stream.  Cristian (2), Cassandra (4), followed me through streamside shrubs and down the banks into the cool waters of the Bishop Stream, near Ceramco Park. We gently turned over rocks and a few old bricks and carefully held the net downstream. No one home! We tried the banks, overhanging with grasses. Cristian dragged the net in the waters below…  Bingo! We huddled to observe the flick-flacking tails of two shrimps.  “Let’s get more!” my son cried out.  We swished the net  again, gently disturbing the gravel and sediments on the streambed and had so much fun finding mostly shrimps and damselfly larvae.  

We talked about how much nicer this stream was to explore than the smellier, slightly degraded one at the bottom of our section.  It was great to see clear, flowing water with a healthy margin of vegetation. The kids learnt to care for the wildlife, leaving them near to where they were found.  They also enjoyed mixing with the community as two boys helped pull them back up the bank. I was rapt that here was a healthy stream right on our doorstep… What a great way to spend the morning!

Thanks Raychel, Cristian and Cassandra, it's always good to hear stream adventures.

What is hot...

How our native plants cope with storm surges - as they are designed to do.  This picture was taken from the Routley Drive footbridge looking north over the Waikumete Stream, a few days after a stormy wet Sunday,

What is not...

Parking too close to the stream during a heavy rain storm!  This pic is taken from the same spot as the picture above a few days prior .  It shows how the water can rise and inundate these areas.  Pic sent in by Routley Drive resident Sarah.

Pest of the Month 

Recently one of our stream neighbours child was stung several times when she & her friend accidentally stepped on a German Wasp nest while playing in a bush. It wasn’t in the Glen Eden Stream area this time but it could have been!

German wasps are the ones that live in holes in the ground or in trees and they are quite ferocious in their attack if you go too close to their nest.

They were introduced into NZ in US aeroplane parts during the 1940’s initially into the Waikato region. They have spread widely since as they have no natural predators here, our winters are mild and there is plenty of food for them.

Ring Council on 3010101 if you find a nest on reserve land and a professional pest controller will deal to it promptly and safely. You can poison a nest by placing a dessertspoonful of insecticide at the nest entrance after dark when the wasps have stopped flying. You can use a puffer bottle for this job. Worker wasps flying in and out will spread the powder into the nest and the colony usually dies within a day. If activity continues repeat the treatment until wasp activity ceases.

Celebrating Our Natives

Kiekie a.k.a Freycinetia banksii is a many branched woody vine, with tufts of long leaves between 30-90cm in length and found in forests throughout Aotearoa. The kiekie vine attaches itself by roots to trees but if not supported will scramble along the ground, forming dense, sometimes impenetrable tangles. Adding kiekie to restoration planting once a canopy has been established, adds a richness to the species diversity that makes up our forest ecosytem. It's related to the tropical pandanus family.

The fibre of kiekie is highly prized by māori weavers as it is incredibly strong, although supple to work with and dries to a very white colour.  It is often used to make whāriki, kete whairo and tukutuku panels. 

Kiekie is also a difficult word for some people to be able to pronounce correctly.  With this week being Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori we thought we'd share a great little resource with you, a website with audio of māori placenames throughout Aotearoa.  If you scroll down to Auckland and look on the right hand side of the page, you can click on Maungakiekie.  Obviously kiekie was a strong feature on this maunga at a time in the past.  

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