Mayfield adds poetry rock to walk

22:03, Aug 23 2012
Big day: Pupils from Mayfield, Riverlands and St Mary’s schools join Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman in Blenheim yesterday to unveil the third poem in the Taylor River Writers’ Walk.

Few young poets are lucky enough to have their work published in a book poetry, let alone on a large stone next to a much-used river.

But this is where a poem by Mayfield School pupils Anthony Forbes, Bailey Robinson and Leana de Joux has ended up, with the unveiling of the third poetry rock on the Taylor River Writers' Walk yesterday.

Two stones, with poems written by Marlborough school children on them, have been unveiled since 2010, when Springlands School set up the Writers' Walk.

Last year it was the turn of Redwood School to supply a poem, with Mayfield taking up the challenge this year.

Pupils from Riverlands and St Mary's schools were also at the unveiling with the view to one of them taking up the challenge next year.

"It's really great to have other schools come on board and be a part of this," Springlands School teacher Cathee Wilks said. "The main idea is to make people aware of how important and special the Taylor River is to Blenheim."


Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman was at the unveiling, as he has been in the past, and supported the project.

"It's great that this is a kids' project, and that they want to educate people about keeping the Taylor River clean," he said.

"This river is very special to Blenheim residents and is a precious asset."

The poem was engraved on a granite plaque and cemented to a large boulder placed along the walkway next to the river.

Geoffrey T Sowman Funeral Directors have been involved with the project since it began and have sponsored the granite plaques, with the Marlborough District Council placing the stones.

Geoffrey T Sowman manager Barry Hayman said they were only too happy to help out.

"It's wonderful to see kids get involved like this. There is still plenty of walking room up the river and we will certainly want to stay involved and support this project in the future," he said.

The poem:

The Taylor River flows through Te Waiharakeke,

Glistening in the sunshine,

Drifting with the wind,


Trees for shade,

Paths and bridges,

Water for life,

Grass and seats to rest and ponder.

Autumn brings floating leaves,

Winter brings frozen streams,

Summer brings chilling screams,

Spring brings new beginnings.

Our rivers are precious,

Take care of the Taylor River,

For tamariki and ika,

It is an extraordinary place to be.

The Marlborough Express