The Waiwhetū Stream
Sculptor Jason Dench and Merilyn Merrett on the day of the installation
2 November 2020
7.30 pm Pelorus House
93 Hutt Park Road, Gracefield
New Sculpture at the northern end of Te Whiti Park.
Installed 22 August 2020. This beautiful piece represents the river and the kowhai tree.
Three years in the planning, we are grateful to Hutt City Council for supporting this project.
Funding for this sculpture also came from winning the 2014 Regional Community Award
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
We're also proud to support the Naenae Nature Trust (on Facebook) and the Friends of Awamutu Grove (Contact Amber 0272725410)
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
NEXT planting - Waitui Cres, July 26th 2020
Weed control: Pulling out weeds, spraying or helping spread mulch.
Fish Surveys: Come along and count the fish on selected days.
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 30 bags of rubbish.
Committee meetings: Come along and find out what we do and how to help out. Contact us for details. Usually 7.30 pm, every second Monday of the Month at Pelorus Trust House