The Waiwhetū Stream
Read about our activities from the past six months in our December newsletter here
Next event - 18 December.
No experience necessary. Training and tools provided
Contact Ros if interested
This image is Vaucheria (siphonous, acellular, branches). A volunteer took samples of the algae from the stream and put it under the microscope. The stream is definitely alive with lots of micro-organisms.
See a problem? If you see pollution or anything odd in the stream report it to the Hutt City Council on their website.
Check out Predator-Free Fairfield a local group also keen on restoring the ecology of the area.
Website updated 15 December 2021
Waiwhetū: Star-reflecting stream
The Friends of Waiwhetū Stream is an active community group established in 2011 to work towards a healthy ecosystem for the Waiwhetū Stream in Lower Hutt.
The Waiwhetū Stream starts in the Eastern Hutt Hills in the suburbs of Taita and Naenae and flows out to the mouth of the Hutt River. As the Hutt Valley was settled, the stream underwent changes which were often disruptive of its natural state. In places the natural stream was straightened with concrete channels, vegetation cleared and rubbish and pollutants entered the stream.
To rehabilitate the stream Friends of Waiwhetū volunteers undertake many activities to improve the natural ecosystem. Planting native vegetation, eradicating weeds and clearing rubbish are some of the many activities carried out. Contact us to learn more and get involved. Check us out on Facebook or Email: email@example.com
We're also proud to support the Naenae Nature Trust (on Facebook) and the Friends of Awamutu Grove (Contact Amber 0272725410)
Planting working bees in 2021
The beautiful sculpture at the northern end of Te Whiti Park was funded in part through the money from the 2014 Wellington Community Awards. Hutt City Council also supported the installation.
Created by Jason Dench (www.rawtiron.com) the sculpture is a kowhai tree and the stream.
Friends of Waiwhetu finalists in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Community Awards for 2019
There are several ways you can volunteer:
Plantings: Turn up with good footwear, gardening gloves and a spade, although some are provided
Weed control: Pulling out weeds, spraying or helping spread mulch. Contact rosw62@gmail for info.
Fish Surveys: Come along and count the fish on selected days. Next Survey February 2022, Near Birdwood Avenue
Located at the end of Rishworth Street, come along every Wednesday at 10 am to help plant natives and carrying out weeding.
Rubbish collection: The first weekend in every month volunteers collect rubbish. Sturdy shoes or gumboots and good gardening gloves. Bags and pickers supplied. The stream is divided into sections and on a typical collection 40 people will collect over 20 bags of rubbish.
Committee meetings: Come along and find out what we do and how to help out. Contact us for details. Usually 7.15 pm, every second Monday of the Month at Pelorus Trust House