Aroha Kaikorai Valley
Registered charity Aroha Kaikorai Valley is working with businesses, individuals, schools and other organizations to nurture and enhance the taonga (treasure) that is Dunedin's Kaikorai Stream. This once-pristine waterway is still the lifeblood of what is now a semi-industrial neighbourhood. Efforts are being made to clean up the stream, replace weeds with native plants and significant trees, remove predators from the valley and encourage native birds.
I went to high school near Kaikorai Valley, I played cricket and rugby there, my daughter played on the beach at Kaikorai Estuary, and today I cross Kaikorai Stream daily on my commute to work as a walking-tour guide in Dunedin City.
Dunedin is a beautiful city. As a member of Dunedin's visitor industry, I feel an obligation to do what I can to promote conservation and sustainability here. I know that many visitors, too, are determined to make a positive contribution to the communities they visit. Folks who support City Walks can now do so in the knowledge that they are also supporting a great local trust, Aroha Kaikorai Valley. City Walks has donated to Aroha Kaikorai Valley and aims to be an active supporter of the trust and a champion of its work.
For more information about Aroha Kaikorai Valley, including how you can contribute directly, check out their website www.akv.nz or search @arohakaikorai on Instagram.