“I created this mural to celebrate, by way of visual representation, the wonderful surrounding flora and fauna which has reappeared since Waiwhetū stream has been revitalised” said Rachel Silver.
Rachel used her experiences of the new stream locals to help create the piece.
“I watched a Kawau (Black Shag), I named Shaggy, most days sun himself with his wings spanned, and a beautiful grey Kōtuku (Heron), I named Harry, sit at the river’s edge for hours waiting to catch Inanga swimming upstream.
“You can see these two birds in the mosaic as well as other local fresh water creatures including Kokopu, Mudfish and Long Finned Eels. I also chose to include the endangered Copper Skink and Stag Beetle and a couple of native Pepeketua (frogs) that haven’t changed much in 70 million years”.
The unveiling happened during the annual walkover, attended by the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council, Wellington Water, and volunteers from Friends of Waiwhetū Stream.
The event highlighted the incredible effort of Friends of Waiwhetū Stream and Naenae Nature Trust, including last year’s plantings’ and the installation of weirs along the Naenae concrete channel.
If you would like to help with the restorative work on the Waiwhetū Stream, join one of these groups: