“Waitītiko- From Source to Sea”

July 5th, 2022

STEPS was delighted to attend the Gala Premiere showing of “Waitītiko- From Source to Sea” – a short film by Carolyn Sylvester and Andy Farrant. The film focusses on communities along the awa/ creek – creatives, whanau, kura, aspects of te taiao/ environment & those who care for the wildlife on the creek.

The video is now live for you to play, download, share and send at: https://vimeo.com/721174156

We can also arrange further local showings of the film for members so please contact us if you are interested.

We thank Carolyn and her team for all their creativity and mahi. We also thank those who supported and became involved in this project. Big thanks to the Albert-Eden Local Board, Neighbourhood Arts, who funded it.

Roy Clements, Carolyn Sylvester
Carolyn Sylvester, Liz Walker
Margi Watson, AELB CHair

Moth Plant at the Springs

June 2nd, 2022

Many thanks to Richard, David, Mary, Damien, Chris, Sel, & Alastair, volunteers. On Tuesday 31 May with support from Allan & Faizal of Plant and Food we managed to remove some very high moth plant fruit from the top of Meola Creek catchment. We beat the rain, did the job and had some fun!

Discussions have been held about making our visits more timely as moth plan from the top of the catchment is a big cost and a threat to neighbours and communities downstream. Moves are also afoot to raise awareness in the workplace, so its possible we may see more people enjoying the outdoors in future.

Whakawātea ceremony

May 29th, 2022

On Friday Roy, Freddie, Trev and Liz went to the Treeway when it opened in the afternoon. Auckland Council had arranged a whakawātea or special blessing that day. We spoke with the kaikarakia and they explained they used water and a special ceremony for cleansing. The intent is to lift the heaviness that we as a community and as individuals feel after such a shattering event. We walked through the Treeway together on a lovely afternoon thinking about the person and their whanau, and the beauty of the surroundings.

Our community feels upset and unhappy. We extend our deep sympathy to the whanau of the unfortunate and undeserving victim of this crime. We thank the police, community, and all responders.

The crime status is explained here: www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/128789783/man-arrested-and-charged-with-murder-in-mount-albert-stabbing

Your thoughts are welcome at this very sad time.

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