Te tuna tāone/Urban Eel 2019 has flown by, with a huge mixture of projects and student actions getting undertaken, and collaborations occurring throughout Christchurch! One such collaboration was the Te Tuna Heke art project, where students painted large carved wooden eels with Christchurch street artist Richard “Pops” Baker. These were installed on the 20th of September at the Riverbend Refuge- a site where people and nature can connect and thrive- which was developed by the Green Lab (previously Greening the Rubble).
The site was blessed by Hutika Croft-Gibbs from Matapopore on the day, and a waiata was led by Linwood College students who spent the morning preparing the site. We then heard about the site and it’s past life from Evan Smith from AvON, and about the Riverbend Refuge Project from Khye Hitchcock from The Green Lab. Students, project collaborators, teachers, parents and supporters then shared kai and explored the site- producing rubbings with Evan Smith and Pops Baker, play...
It's been a busy couple of weeks in our Urban Eel project. Our Lady of the Assumption School students have been working on their actions to help create positive changes for our eels, and the streams that they inhabit.
One group of students- Milan, Xhin and Savanna - wrote a letter to Meridian to ask about eel barriers to migration. It was well written and researched, as you will be able to see below:
To Whom it May Concern,
We are writing this letter to you to ask you if you
could help us with our plan for helping New Zealand Longfin eels.
We have found out that hydroelectric dams are stopping our eels swimming to Tonga to breed and that eels are not able to get through your hydro electric dams. Do you have a way to let eels past the dams?
If not, we would ask you if you could make a way around the dams so our eels can get to Tonga to have their babies and for the babies to come home. We know this has worked in other countries. For example, in the Columbia-Snake River Basin in the northwes...