Story: Estuaries

Waiwhetū stream (2nd of 3)

Waiwhetū stream

In the 1920s Waiwhetū stream north of Wellington was popular for swimming and fishing, but as development took place around its banks it began to deteriorate. At times the stream would turn bright purple or red as industrial wastes from Lower Hutt factories were discharged into its waters. The wastes were then carried out to the Hutt estuary on the northern shores of Wellington Harbour. By the mid-1970s, when this photo was taken, it was one of the most polluted streams in New Zealand.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1975/4298/22a

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Estuaries - People and estuaries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006