Improving local waterways
THE final stage of the Waikanae Stream clean-up was completed by a group of volunteers from Cedenco.
The group of 18 removed weeds from trees, shrubs and grasses that were planted along the bank.
They placed carpets as weed matting around the base of the plants before covering them with bark.
The Waikanae Stream and other small streams surround the Cedenco factory in Innes Street.
“We are becoming more and more aware of how our operational activities on our site are impacting the health of the waterways around us,” Cedenco general manager Carla McCulloch said.
“We have started planting and cleaning the stream (near Reynolds Drain) that runs through our site into the Waikanae Stream.
“Our goal is to return the streams around us back to good water quality and see the return of wildlife.
“We have heard stories of all the eels that used to be found in the stream,” she said.
Recently they saw a rare white heron/kotuku in the Waikanae Stream at the back of the factory.
“In 2014-2017 we were involved with the Uawanui Project in Tolaga Bay. This involved a lot of fencing and planting in areas around the Uawa River and estuary.
“We were looking for a new project and something we could do on our annual community day. The Waikanae Stream Project ticked all of our boxes and is something we can work on each year and see real progress,” she said.
The team who helped out are proud to be part of an environmental community initiative.
“It's really good to have staff from all areas of the business working alongside each other and getting to know more about one another,” she said.