Nature Day at Craigavon Park

With Glendene School and Kelston Intermediate School

Last Monday, Te Whau Pathway Project hosted a Nature Day at Craigavon Park for children from Glendene Primary School and Kelston Intermediate.

Janet Lilo and Jody Yawa McMillan from Whau the People leading the clay sculpturing.

The day started with Christine Caughey warmly sharing the tale of her Irish great-great aunt. Marianne Smith, one of the founders of the iconic Smith & Caughey’s department store, bought the land from an ad in the New Zealand Herald in 1896. In 1929, Lord Craigavon (Northern Ireland’s first Prime Minister) visited Auckland and Marianne gifted the park back to the people of Tāmaki Makaurau to mark the occasion.

Gary Andrew from the Whau River Catchment Trust showing the kids how to plant a tree.

Over the day, the 90 students rotated through sessions about predators, native birds and the Whau River environment. Of course, the most popular activities were the messy ones! Who knew that digging holes in mud could be so much fun? Luckily there were plenty of water sources in the park for kids to de-mudify themselves between activities.

Auckland Council prepared the day with an opening karakia and Kelston Intermediate finished the day with a karakia whakamutunga.

Kelston Intermediate kids enjoying a lunchtime challenge.

Thank you to all the teachers, teacher aides, and supporting whānau who came. We hope you enjoyed it in spite of the mudfest!

About Nature Days

Te Whau Pathway Project organises Nature Days for schools in the Whau Catchment Area to get outdoors, plant a tree, and learn about the unique natural environment beyond the school gates. Nature Days connect kids to their local environment.

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About this event

DateMonday 31st July 2023
LocationCraigavon Park, Blockhouse Bay
Type of eventNature Day, Planting Day
WhoAuckland Council, Community Waitakere, EcoMatters, Glendene School, Kelston Intermediate School, MPHS Community Trust, Te Whau Pathway Environment Trust, Te Whau Pathway Project, Whau the People, Whau River Catchment Trust