Sustainability of Natural Resources


river1As part of ongoing study into our Term One Inquiry, Responsible Citizenship: Is Who I See The Very Best That I Can Be? Year 4 students and teachers travelled to the banks of the Omaru River in Glen Innes to witness a striking multi-media arts and science production created by Ngati Whatua Orakei and the Mad Ave Community Trust.


It was all based around the sustainability of natural resources in East Auckland and the responsibility of future generations to ensure this continues. This is a locally led eco-event was specifically designed for children and young people. It included local New Zealand artists, a discussion of local Maori heritage and connection to the river, scientific inquiry demonstrations by Tamaki Redevelopment and the Auckland City Council and immediate environmental action urged by local ecologists.


St Heliers School, Point England Primary and Ruapotaka School students were greeted with a dramatic and interactive powhiri and waiata. They were later entertained by performers from both the Cook Islands and New Caledonia. The arts performances were interlaced with scientific and ecological research on the progress of the renewal of the Omaru River as a source of food, recreation and community.


Special mention should be made to the dynamic and entertaining Tamati Patuwai and his whānau. Both the hikoi along the banks of the Omaru River and the entertainment, displays and korero about the river’s sustainability were of a very high standard.


Ko Au Te Awa. Ko Te Awa Te Au.’ I Am The River And The River Is Me.
Miss Mill, Y4 Team Leader