Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - LUCY NARAYANAN Eden Ter­race

As a new­comer to New Zealand, I no­ticed a sign in the ar­rivals hall at the air­port say­ing Keep this Pris­tine Coun­try Clean.

How re­fresh­ing, I thought. How won­der­ful to be able to go to sleep dream­ing of hav­ing moved to a clean and green coun­try.

Next morn­ing, I went out to ex­plore the neigh­bour­hood and came across Oak­ley Creek, just be­hind Unitec.

How de­light­ful, I thought, a wa­ter­fall in the mid­dle of the city, fan­tails, sil­vereyes and even a king­fisher flit­ting about. But oh, what is all this rub­bish in the bushes and in the creek? What foamy grime is ac­cu­mu­lat­ing in the wa­ter? How sad, how shock­ing, I thought. What would vis­i­tors to Auck­land think, I won­dered?

So I was de­lighted to read your ar­ti­cle Pupils work at green­ing of Mt Roskill, about the pupils tak­ing an ac­tive in­ter­est in Oak­ley Creek, help­ing to clean it up, mon­i­tor it and plant it up where nec­es­sary.

They and their teacher are to be most highly com­mended for their ef­forts. I very much hope that their project gets more fish and other na­tive wildlife to colonise the creek.

I also hope that other pupils will fol­low their ex­am­ple and make sure that the ‘liv­ing green ar­ter­ies’ of this city will con­tinue to thrive.

Thank you for pub­li­cis­ing this pos­i­tive story.

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