The Albert-Eden Local Board area has the least public open space per capita in Auckland, and is one of the most heavily developed areas in the region.
“The board gives high priority to careful management of its streams and coastline as a result,” says board member and environmental spokesperson Graeme Easte.
Caring for streams
The board has funded staged removal of weed species and replanting by local stream care groups like Friends of Oakley Creek. Similar work has been done to public coastal land.
The board also plans to work with landowners to remove pest plants and encourage growth of appropriate trees and shrubs.
Meola Creek upgrade
In coming years more than a kilometre of Meola Creek in Chamberlain Park will be naturalised by replacing the artificial canal with free-running channels, pools and riffles. The banks will be re-vegetated to re-establish a forest.
A 1.5km boardwalk will also be built parallel to the Waterview coast, linking Heron Park and Howlett Esplanade.