The BIG Whau River Map

Estimated reading time: 2 min


About this event

When18th – 22nd July 2022
WhereKelston Scout Hall, Kelston
Type of eventSchool Holiday Programme
Funded byTe Whau Pathway Project

At the Whau Holiday Art Programme, 9-13 year olds had a fabulous week exploring the histories and ecologies of Te Wai o Whau (Whau River) and learning new creative skills. Students went on walks along the Whau River, collecting leaves, observing birdlife and bringing back inspiration to create The BIG Whau River Map.

The playground at Archibald Park was also a definite highlight!

Artwork will be on display on spaces near Te Whau Pathway construction sites later this year. Some of the artwork is shown below.

Big shout out to all our talented young artists from the Whau area!

Amy Rivera, Areeb Khan, Asia Joe, Athena Young, Devan, Gertie Pound, Hayley Moon, Korowai Lyon-Elzen, Linana Young, Milla-Jayne, Reuben Harwood, Sahaana Rajaniganth, Serah Tuivaiti, Taylor Mackie, Victor Allington, Violet – Dionne and Zion Tuivaiti!

Thank you to Whau the People for pulling this together and to tutors and helpers Louise, Lucy, Rochelle and Harry.

The BIG Whau River Map

The kaupapa for tamariki and rangatahi living in the surrounding suburbs of the Whau River was to deepen their connection with the histories and ecologies unique to the Whau area.

Through making The BIG Whau River Map, they journeyed back in time and imagined what the Whau River once looked like. They considered the importance of taking care of Te Wai o Whau today, and of looking after the wildlife that lives on, in and near the awa. Their experience is captured in The BIG Whau River Map.