Caring for Our Urban Waterways

Students presented their learning and action to the Canterbury Enviroschools Partnership group.

Students from Our Lady of the Assumption School and Isleworth School are deep into the ‘Take Action’ stage of the Action Learning Cycle inspired by Te Tuna Tāone/Urban Eel programme.

Innovative actions to care for these taonga species include designing ‘tuna townhouses’ from pallets, narrowing the stream to reduce sedimentation and increase flow, designing an eel feeding platform, creating an eel database, and testing and producing an eco-car wash.

Te Tuna Tāone/Urban Eel is a collaboration between Enviroschools and Working Waters Trust in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. They are connecting students to a taonga species, tuna, in their local area and empowering tamariki to lead action for them.

“It was so great to see such passion and enthusiasm for the tuna (not exactly a fuzzy, cuddly critter!) but an essential part of the ecology of our waterways and a signal of health.” – Lynley Beckingsale, Waimakariri District Council.

Matilda and Aurelia from Our Lady of Assumption School met with experts from the Christchurch City Council, Katie and Anthony, to discuss their idea of providing a place to view eels at Centennial Park.


(Banner image: Bridget from Working Waters Trust shares her knowledge of long fin tuna to the delight of students.)