Taylor River Writers' Walk

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Taylor River Writers' Walk

The Taylor River Writers' Walk is a partnership project between Blenheim’s schools and Marlborough District Council, drawing attention to the environmental importance of urban waterways and, in particular, the Taylor River, which threads its way through the town.

The initiative came from Springlands Primary School in 2010 where students were examining the state of the Taylor River as part of the science curriculum. With Council’s help, a student’s poem about the river was engraved on a granite plaque and mounted on a riverside rock, establishing a Writers' Walk, which has been added to each year since with other Marlborough schools contributing their original work celebrating the importance of the river and raising awareness of its environmental values.

Water clarity and insect life in the Taylor River is an important element in the programme for Council’s environmental education staff who work with local schools through Council’s enviroschools programme.

Monumental mason Geoffrey T Sowman Ltd is the project sponsor, supplying the granite panels and providing the engraving.

Marlborough schools that have completed a local waterways study may submit poetry or prose for the Writers' Walk.

You can read the poetry from the Writers' Walk on the NZ Writers in the Top of the South website

Year School

2010

Springlands

2011

Redwoodtown

2012

Mayfield

2013

Riverlands

2014

Whitney

2015

Witherlea

2015

MGC

2016

Blenheim

2017

Renwick

2018

Seddon

2018

Fairhall

2018

Rapaura

2019

Bohally

2019

St Marys

2020

Spring Creek

2020

MBC

2021

Grovetown School

2021

Richmond View School

2021: Grovetown School - Anna Love and Lily Holdaway

2021: Richmond View School - Alora Crosby with two Springlands School speakers

2020: Spring Creek School - Sativa Scott and McKenzie Haronga

2020: Marlborough Boys College - Finn Maskill

2018: Fairhall School - Jack Frew, Emily Story, Emily Harper and other Fairhall School students.

2018: Seddon School - Sienna Payne

2017: Renwick school - Nesa Wardman.

2016: Blenheim School - Sophia Liddicoat

2015: Witherlea School - Eve Anderson and Lauren Doherty; Marlborough Girls' College - Yazmin Shipley

2014: Whitney Street School - Samantha Grammer

2013: Riverlands School - Yasmin Burdis

2012: Mayfield School - Anthony Forbes, Leana de Joux and Bailey Robinson

2011: Redwoodtown School - Travis Kendall

2010: Springlands School - Flynn Sawyer