Connecting communities through streams
There were more than 30 participants at the first stream walk of 2022, in the Pourakino Valley. As well as enjoying each other’s company, Environment Southland land sustainability officers Nathan Hughes and Bee Pikia took them through a number of activities to help understand the health of the stream. Pourakino Catchment Group chair Geoff Baldwin says he wants stream walks to highlight the signs of a healthy stream, so people have an idea of what is needed to improve others in the catchment.
Ōraka-Aparima Rūnanga representative Phil Fleurty reminded those present that it’s the stories we share that connect us. “It’s what we pass onto the young ones. If we don’t look after it now, there’ll be nothing down the line. Listen to the people that live on the river,” he says.