Celebrate World Rivers Day 2022

Every year, the last Sunday of September is celebrated as World Rivers Day and, for 2022, that's Sunday 25 September. So, what is World Rivers Day all about and how can you get behind it?

What is World Rivers Day? 

The first World Rivers Day was celebrated in 2005 and now more than 100 countries around the world take part in creating awareness of the importance of our waterways. It is an opportunity for those involved to show how we can all work together to limit the threats to depleting waterways; something which is particularly poignant when it comes to Canterbury’s globally unique braided rivers.

Rivers in almost every country face an array of threats and it is only through our actions that we can ensure their health in the years ahead. World Rivers Day offers an opportunity to highlight the value of our rivers, increase public awareness of their importance, and encourage the kaitiakitanga/stewardship of these critical waterways.  

How can you support World Rivers Day? 

World Rivers Day is a great opportunity to reflect on the significance of rivers. The easiest, most effective (and fun!) way to learn more about your local rivers is to get out there and explore them. You might want to take a stroll, hike or even jump into your local river or check out the unique flora and fauna which have made their homes in and around these channels.

Why not gather friends and family and enjoy a spring picnic? The Waimakariri River Regional Park and the Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park are a couple of our favourite spots.

We are hosting a community planting day at awa Rakahuri on Saturday 24 September, from approximately 10am – 1pm. There is no need to RSVP, but feel free to check out the event on Facebook.

If you are feeling extra motivated to take action, it is a great opportunity to reach out to local conservation groups and organisations, such as the Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare Group, Forest & Bird, and the Ōhau Conservation Trust to talk about the wider volunteer and support opportunities available within the region.

Or why not kick something off yourself? You could organise a river cleanup with your neighbours and friends. Perhaps you saw an area while you were exploring that could do with some love. Pull together enough people and you could make it a competition with prizes for the most litter collected. There are plenty of resources available online to help with your planning.