Waiheke Island boys Dylan Forsyth and Eli Ball are organising a community planting day to help clean up Little Oneroa stream.
Forsyth (13) and Ball (12) chose to take action on the polluted stream as part of a project at Waiheke Primary School.
“We are not really happy with the state of the stream.
“We want to help clean it up so kids don’t get sick if they’re playing in the water,” Forsyth said.
He encourages people of all ages to help plant native plants donated by Gulf Trees at Little Oneroa stream on December 9, from 9am to 11am.
Forsyth and Ball hope that planting along the stream bank near the playground will help stabilise the bank and filter the water.
The boys have also been helping test water in the stream, which has been polluted with sewage and other contaminants for more than 20 years.
Both boys are passionate about looking after the environment and have been involved in other conservation activities at the school.
Teacher Melanie Brookes is new at the school and has introduced the “local problems, local solutions” project.
The 16 students in her year seven and eight class have talked to people in the community and come up with ideas to help solve local issues.
“This is the first time we’ve chosen the local problems, local solutions theme, so they can make a difference in their communities.
“It’s been really valuable – the kids have started to really engage,” Brookes said.
Some students have been looking into sustainable fashion and four girls have been bombing bare, unattractive areas around Palm beach with flower seed ‘bombs’.
A beach clean-up at Matiatia and Little Oneroa was carried out by by the class last week as part of the project.
Waiheke Resources Trust is helping Forsyth and Ball plan the planting day this Saturday at the stream, where Auckland Council has a permanent warning sign against water contact.
People who want to help are asked to wear closed shoes and bring a spade if possible.
Information about the students’ projects will be on display for students, parents and the wider community at an exhibition at Waiheke Primary School hall on Tuesday, December 12, from 7pm to 8pm.