Liz January 25th, 2017
Meola Creek has a new good neighbour. A local resident has improved his yard and helped our creek and harbour by using ‘gobi blocks’ instead of concrete as a pad for his car. This is rare at a time when concrete trucks abound as gardens are covered over.
Upper Meola Creek has dozens of overflows each year causing sewage and toxins from roads and roofs to spill on to land, and into Waitemata harbour. At the same time the base flow is lowering because the water is all being channelled to the sea, instead of naturally filtering and recharging the aquifer.
Homeowners, schools and developers can easily reduce this through “low impact design”. We can all use gobi blocks, rain gardens, wetlands, and roof gardens to retain the water on land for longer and allow it to refill our creeks and rivers. Guidelines are available from Auckland Council or Landcare e.g. landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/researchpubs/vanRoonUDM_WSUD06.pdf
We have the information and the technology to reduce the concrete covering our back yards and driveways.
We look forward to Auckland Council and CCOs showing the way with permeable road and foot path surfaces, to reduce the detritus from roads which currently flows into our creeks and harbours.
Permeable car pad near Meola Creek,
Liz December 9th, 2016
STEPS has been working with NZ Tourism Research Institute at Auckland University of Technology for a number of years. Recently NZTRI has taken over the hosting of this Meola Creek website, so we have a more reliable platform for blogs, photos and other news. We thank Nat Dobbin and Simon Milne and the NZTRI team.
If you have anything to contribute please contact us via our website.
Liz December 9th, 2016
STEPS has asked Auckland Council for updates to the interpretive signs on the Roy Clements treeway, and 7 signs are now in the Albert Eden Local Board budget for July 2016-June 2017.
We are modifying existing signs, updating the text / photos and relocating some; adding also a map. One particular concern we have is in relation to the strength and nature of the materials and their accessibility / location. Since vandalism (tagging) remains an issue AC cleans them regularly. AC will soon appoint a technical designer to assist.
STEPS has drafted text and started collecting photos old and new. Some of the main topics we are working with are:
- Mount Albert Grammar School and Roy Clements
- Community restoration planting
- Health of waterways
- Springs and aquifers
We also plan the use of QR codes for more detail, by placing on each sign a QR code which refers to a particular web page. People use their mobiles to link for further information. – eg species list for each different location. Over time we could include birds & fish as well as plants.
If you have photos or ideas please contact us through our web site.