I’ve joined the Friends of the Maitai because it offers me the opportunity to be involved with a community-based group who are taking action.It’s heartening to step in & find so many strengths and commitment among members. This model or style of community activism is impressive and effective as demonstrated by the various outreach of sub-groups. An absence of politics and blame, the presence of goodwill with stakeholders.
The Maitai has been integral to the quality of our family& community life . River paths, bends , swimming holes, dances, picnics. Really good times. In summer we were always heading up the Maitai. Some swimming holes were most familiar like Wahi Takaro , others seem to be favored different summers. Orchard Flat for badminton nets, birthday parties, two different swimming “spots” one requiring balancing picnic baskets over the protruding black beech roots; the other where an eel was caught & cooked on the spot. The most delicious ever! Some “holes” were nameless; the one under the bridge, on the bend with the beautiful rocks.
I felt saddened when I returned to live in Nelson to observe how degraded the Maitai River and it’s environs had become. I asked questions of people I’d meet while walking along the Valley and found different theories as to why it was sick. The NCC public meeting demonstrated for me that there is a comprehensive view, plenty of goodwill and a plan to restore our beautiful Maiatai River
The Maitai River valley is such a fantastic asset for a small city to cherish and celebrate.It sounds very hopeful and achievable that this beautiful and well loved public space once again be clean and accessible and so much a part of our future. The recent Groom Creek planting was fun & productive. A celebration growing in many ways.