At the end of 2013, Ngatimoti students finally completed the path from the road to the footbridge beside their local school stream. Ten years earlier, the stream was adopted by the students and with the generosity of the landowners, it became the schools.
As part of their enviroschools journey, the students at the time created a vision of what they wanted to do with the stream. Achieving the vision involved lots and lots of weeding, growing native seedlings, planting, monitoring of stream health and bird life, and trapping. Add to that changes of students and various applications for funding, the many students and teachers worked and enjoyed the stream making progress with re-visioning, over the years. It also had its frustrations with flooding and invasive, prickly weeds continuing to overwhelm. Funding from Air New Zealand’s Kids Restore and stream bank protection by Tasman District Council, in 2013 gave an impetus to the Envirogroup’s and teacher, Steve Dunn’s efforts for the final flourish to complete the students’ long term goals. It looks wonderful and there’s more to come, no doubt.
Joe, one of the stalwart Envirogroup workers Ngatimoti school stream with it's new rock
proudly showing off the completed wall
weedmat path and riparian planting
Envirogroup students planting a totara; one of many riparian seedlings.