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Water Quality in Auckland Council Ten-year Budget 2018-2028

December 22nd, 2017

CALL TO ACTION:  – please support the water quality initiatives, and the Water Quality targeted rate during the consultation for the “Auckland Plan” and “10 Year Budget”  28 February- 28 March.  At that time, submissions can be made online at We plan to publish a simple draft submission here to help people do this.

Meola Creek near Lyon Ave during downpour  – 14 November 2017, 10.22 am and 10.29am.

What is proposed?

Mayor Phil Goff has outlined specifics of the water quality initiatives planned in the Ten Year budget.  Take a look  here:  See details of the projects on pages 8-9.  Stormwater treatment and separating sewage from stormwater are keys to improving harbour water quality and beaches.  These will be funded by a “regional Water Quality targeted rate” which can only be spent on stormwater. The “ring fenced” nature of this targeted rate is critical as it means it cannot be diverted to other priorities.

What is the problem? 

Above are 2 photos taken 7 minutes apart  showing the speed of sediment (and sewage) laden water  flows through Meola creek to Waitemata Harbour. STEPS has posted several videos and photos of polluted stormwater on this page and on facebook pages including Stop sewage overflows in Auckland. Please like and follow the sewage overflows page to show your support.

STEPS at Norgrove Reserve

November 13th, 2017

Saturday 11th November’s working bee was on a pleasant morning, at Norgrove Ave close to Chamberlain Park.  This is a relatively neglected part of the stream, this area has no walking track or simple access, but is a fairly broad riparian area with lots of potential.

We tackled an area of climbing asparagas which is present in the much of the area.

A big thanks to Volunteers Sean and family, Jeanette, and STEPS Members Sandra, Mac, Liz and Sel.

STEPS at Weona Walkway

October 18th, 2017

Saturday 14 October was a sunny day and we had a good turnout for the Weona Walkway.

The location is on the harbour in Waiateao Motions Creek estuary looking directly across to Te Tokaroa Meola Reef – another ecological gem which Auckland Council and Waitemata Local Board should restore. Many birds live at this beautiful place. See Map of Weona-Westmere coastal walkway.

Vounteers Yoshi and Helen turned up to help Jeanette and Sandra, and STEPS Members Mac, Pat, Dennis, Liz and Sel all had an enjoyable morning. 

We tackled an area full of privet with some honeysuckle, ginger, montbretia and other problem plants. We also gathered some woolly nightshade fruit further north along the track. Jeanette meanwhile picked up 8-9 bags of rubbish further south towards the scout den on Meola road.

Thanks to all volunteers and to Sarah and Council for their support. Special thanks to Jeanette, Mac, Sel and Sarah for helping organise our day.

We trust that the vision shown by the Waitemata Local Board in restoring this harbour fringe will be reflected in the upcoming ecological restoration of Te Tokaroa where there is further potential for birds and ecological habitat which future generations of Aucklanders will appreciate.  Nearby Waiorea Western Springs with 9.6 million cubic meters per year of available spring water is the largest aquifer under Auckland Council’s protection; it too is under consideration by Waitemata Local Board and Auckland Council for enhancement soon.

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