Bullock Creek to star in a short film

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A film about Bullock Creek aims to show Wanaka residents how the spring-fed creek is an ‘‘incredible asset’’ for the town.
The film is a joint initiative of the Wanaka Water Project and Friends of Bullock Creek.
Friends of Bullock Creek vice-president Sam Smoothy said the filming would show the journey of the creek from source to Lake Wanaka.
As well as being an international freeride skier, Mr Smoothy has filmed all over the world, so he will bring his filming experience to this smaller-scale production.
‘‘Hopefully I will bring some skills to the table.’’
The aim of the short film was to ‘‘document the river and show people why we think it is special’’.
The creek began on the far side of the hatchery springs reserve in Stone St, flowing through the reserve, through private properties, by the side of town near Helwick St, and past the children’s park before flowing into the lake.
‘‘It’s really rare to have a natural spring-fed creek in a town,’’ Mr Smoothy said.
He hoped the film would encourage more people to appreciate the creek was an ‘‘incredible asset’’ that needed to be protected.
Some of the challenges the creek faced included being able to ‘‘maintain the purity of the water’’ near construction sites and residential areas, and in spite of runoff from activities such as people washing their cars.
‘‘The water is totally drinkable as it comes out of the ground.’’
Mr Smoothy had a strong affinity with the creek, as he grew up next door to the hatchery springs reserve.
‘‘We used to come and play in the creek — this was our big jungle when I was a wee one.’’
Filming began last weekend and the finished film will be available later in the year.