Where is it?
Karamu Stream is a gently flowing waterway with areas of public reserve. It takes water from as far as Pekapeka wetland and Bridge Pa before flowing by Havelock North to merge with the Raupare Stream and Clive River near Whakatu in Hastings. There is easy pedestrian access from Napier Road and from Anderson Park, both in Havelock North. The stream has a strategy for the planning of enhancement work.
What you will find:
- Wide limesand pathway between Havelock Rd and Crosses Rd bridges (Hastings side)
- Some excellent planted areas on the sloping banks, and beside the stream
- Wide open grassland
- Seating and in some areas steps down to the stream
- Low bridges
- Feature entry on Napier Road
About the stream
Karamu Stream is an important catchment for Hastings District, as it not only drains water from horticultural land on the Heretaunga Plains, but carries the bulk of city storm water to the Clive River which then flows into Hawke Bay.
The Karamu Stream (Ngaruroro Waimate) was once the main channel of the Ngaruroro River used for passage by Maori canoes and then European settlers. After a major flood in 1867, the main river took its current course, leaving a smaller flow which was largely disused for some year. The Karamu becomes the Clive River below the confluence with the Raupare Stream, but until a flood control project and diversion in the 1970s this was the lower part of the Ngaruroro River.
In the early 1970’s a channel clearance and willow control programme started to untangle and unclog the overgrown waterway. The first coordinated community project was in 1997. Looking for a Millennium project, the St. Columba’s Havelock North Environmental Group supported a local restoration.The first area restored is known as Park’s Reach; after the group’s instigators, Hetty and Cyril Park.
Since then HBRC has lead an enhancement programme that has involved schools, Hastings District Council, community groups and local residents in projects from Whakatu to Bridge Pa. Significant support and enthusiasm has come from marae on the banks of the waterway, and they have been a driving force for enhancement. Here is a short video about Karamu Stream.
Who to contact
To discuss this project, contact Open Spaces Development Officer, Antony Rewcastle on 06 845 9231 or email him.