Te Wairepo/York Stream focus

York Stream (Te Wairepo) is a tributary of the Maitai River. In 2013, students from Victory Primary School presented the petition below to the Council:

Nelson City Council meeting tabled document Victory Primary School petition re York Stream 12Dec2013 A1120922 Small

Following this request, York Stream was included under the umbrella of Project Maitai/Mahitahi, with the objective of creating a better habitat for aquatic life, making it safer for children to play around and engaging the local community in its care and management.
The work undertaken has included improvements to infrastructure to remove barriers to fish passage; identifying sources of and removing litter and pollutants, planting and riparian management, and a comprehensive community engagement programme which has seen the school and local residents embrace the role of stream caretakers. Events of note have been the Team Up to Clean up community action, and the ‘Breathe’ project, as well as public outreach at the Matariki and Race Unity Day celebrations, which saw people mapping their connection to the stream, and taking donated trees home to plant by the stream.

The ‘Breathe’ project has actively engaged students from Nelson College for Girls Bronte House, Nelson Intermediate, Victory Primary School, and Auckland Point School in a digital art project to highlight the relationship between water temperature and dissolved oxygen. The artwork was displayed in the Nelson Provincial Museum windows and won an $800 prize in the Uniquely Nelson ‘Illuminate’ festival, and will be on display at the Nelson Library from 12 February.

To find out more about the Te Wairepo Project, download the Te Wairepo Project Booklet (16MB PDF) and a resource document for schools (931KB PDF) about the Breathe installation. Contact Joanna.wilson@ncc.govt.nz for more information.

te wairepo mural

Victory Primary School Art Work

te wairepo fence weaving

Victory Primary School fence weaving alongside Te Wairepo/York Stream

te wairepo bridge

Fish passage barrier remediation in York Stream

electro fish

Breathe Artwork on display at the Nelson Provincial Museum