Collaboration results in cultural artwork for the community

The new stormwater filtering system

The new stormwater culvert aims to filter contaminants from stormwater before it enters Lyell Creek.

A collaborative project between councils, community, and local Kaikōura businesses has resulted in artwork showcasing one of the towns forgotten reserves.

The Lower Lyell / Waikōau West End Reserve has been developed into a welcoming space for residents and visitors alike.

The reserve now has colourful artwork encouraging people into the space to learn more about the area or just to wander, play, rest, or enjoy.  

Kaikōura District Council's rebuild fund has been used to replace the Lyell Creek/ Waikōau pump station, upgrading, and improving the system. 

The Council took the opportunity to work with Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and Love the Lyell community group, supported by us, to develop a cultural artwork on the new pump station. The colourful design showcases the unique biodiversity of the area.

Local businesses collaborate 

“The brief was to mark the entry point to the site by communicating a 'sense of place' without being too specific.” local designer Matt Moriarty said.

"The graphics are simplified designs of the birds, bees, trees and people that live and play in the area.

“With a river running through the entire artwork, the importance of wai, and specifically Waikōau is showcased. 

"Working with James Baker, an experienced carpenter, through the design and installation of the project has resulted in a hybrid outcome that functions both as a sign and as a building to enclose the pump station,” he said

The wording within the design was provided by Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and highlights some of the waterway’s importance to early, and current Māori.

The artwork is part of the wider collaborative project, to design and build a stormwater culvert that will try and help reduce contaminants from SH1 and Ludstone road run-offs, improving water quality in Lyell Creek / Waikōau.

Reserve a community space

Native filtering plantings will be carried out by Kaikōura Youth Council and supported by Love the Lyell community group.

This will complement the existing six-year-old native plantings which are now well established, creating the perfect space for native birds, bees and all the things in between to form part of the local ecosystem.

The grassy open space adjacent now offers a perfect space for picnickers and family friendly events.

“It’s a pretty special place and we hope that more people will use it into the future,” Kaikōura District Council Rebuild Manager William Loppe said.

“We’re glad that the project has been able to contribute something fun and informative. Now we could even consider developing walking access from West End under the SH1 bridge”, he said.