Public Notice


Banded Kokopu in the Puhinui Stream, by Stephen-Moore, Forest and Bird

Long time readers will know water quality and clean waterways is an issue close to Whaleoil’s dark, necrotic, acid filled heart.


Is New Zealand ‘Clean and Green’?

At one time the Puhinui Stream in Manukau was called the food basket of Tamapahore, a chief and ancestor of Manurewa, as the waterway fed the ancestors of the region. The stream and its waterways hold a special significance in Maori culture.

What has become of it now?

After twenty years of intensive urban development in the area the stream has become a dumping ground for shopping trolleys, washing machines, fridges, tyres, couches and bicycles.

Therefore, on April 30th , the Manukau Beautification Trust has organised an attempt to set the New Zealand record for the largest number of volunteers in a single environmental clean-up event – the Puhunui Stream.

This is covering approximately 10km of stream through Manukau’s industrial and residential areas and will reach the foreshore at Manukau Harbour.

The clean-up starts with registration at the Botanic Gardens between 8 – 9am.

Volunteers will then be transported to an area of the stream. It is anticipated it will be finished by 12:30pm. Volunteers will then be transported back to the Botanic Gardens for free food and entertainment.

It’s a great way to get involved with the environment and community so bring along your family and friends and be part of breaking this national record. The link to free registration is below:




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  • Graham Pilgrim

    Brilliant! I have nothing but praise and admiration for the Manukau Beautification Trust.

    I am heavily involved with the day to day affairs of a local housing sub-division. Very occasionally, we suffer from the handiwork of taggers – read vandals. I call the Manukau Beautification Trust, and generally, THAT DAY, the handiwork is removed.

    They’re definitely on my Christmas Card List!