Lower Dam – Wainui-o-mata
Author: Stephen Douglas
Dam it! - was the town cry circa 1880
When Wellington needed watering
To help 26,000 city folk survive
Wainui-o-mata is nigh – pipe it matey
Down the valley, under-hilling
We’ve got water to survive
Excited with supply – electricity!
Water engines; hydraulic lifts gesturing
Morton’s Dam (1911) to survive
Dam it! – Lower; Morton; until 1980
O-rong-o-rongo weir (1926) inspiring
Feat to replenish and survive
60 million litres per day; high-quality
Water supply; - 15% watering
Needs met, Wellington survives
2007 wetland is created – kiwi
Are here now; along with watering
Fowl - regenerated bush thrives!
Lying at the foot of one of the largest and most pristine forests in the lower North Island, the Wainuiomata Recreation Area is a peaceful and sheltered valley.
© stephen c douglas September 2014