Community organisations planted 2250 plants along streams in the Waitākere Ranges in the past year as part of Project Twin Streams ongoing work.
The Project Twin Streams accountability report for the Waitākere Ranges area also revealed that 2126 volunteer hours were spent working to plant, clean up or maintain the environment and 192 rubbish bags were filled with litter along the path of the streams, which takes in the Waikumete, Oratia, Swanson, Waimoka and Momoto Streams.
Waitākere Ranges Local Board helps fund Project Twin Streams along with other Local Boards and council, an initiative that has been going since 2003.
The yearly accountability report shows the work that has taken place over the past 12 months by community organisations Ecomatters, Te Ukaipo Mercy Initiatives for Rangatahi Ltd and MPHS Community Trust.
Waitākere Ranges Local Board Chair, Saffron Toms says the report shows that there is some great work happening to care for the environment.
“Project Twin Streams is an important project that does some fantastic work caring for some of our precious watercourses.
“The results speak for themselves in terms of the positive outcomes that are being delivered.
“It’s also heartening to see so many people putting in volunteer hours to care for this important piece of our ecology. For many this will be something that is close to their hearts, and others will be learning about how to care for the environment.
“We feel it is a really important part of our responsibility as a board to help provide opportunities for people to love where they live. So being able to help facilitate and encourage our communities to get involved in caring for the water courses is fantastic.
“The progress report is really pleasing in a number of ways, but not least that the organisations were, despite COVID-19 and Alert Level changes, still able to hit their targets is a testament to the hard work and dedication to the work they do, and on behalf of the board I would like to say thanks for that hard mahi in getting this done.”