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Green school gets bronze Stanmore Bay School’s work over the past two years towards becoming a sustainable school was recognised with a bronze award in this year’s Enviroschools Awards. The school was the only one on by collecting food waste. The school the Hibiscus Coast to receive an compost bin holds all the scraps that Enviroschools Award from Mayor Len cannot go into the worm farm. Brown at the presentation in Auckland Teacher Maria Hatch says the children on December 7. also understand how their food scraps At the presentation, Mayor Brown help to make the school gardens healthy. said young people often lead the way The school has also instigated a paper in terms of sustainability and the recycling system. environment. This year eight schools received Gold “These students are certainly doing Enviroschools awards, five achieved this with some of the innovative and Silver and 16 schools got bronze. exciting action learning they’re doing The awards recognise a commitment at school,” Mayor Brown said. to becoming more sustainable ‘Green’ initiatives at Stanmore Bay and were developed by the former School include creating a worm Auckland Regional Council and The farm that every class contributes to Enviroschools Foundation in 2002.
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Pest proof fence and vehicle gate works continue at the Shakespear Open Sanctuary and gates should be operational by Christmas. Road markings at Army Bay and the boat ramp will be installed to help guide traffic movement in this area and protect the fence from vehicle collision. It is also important to prevent vehicles parking alongside the fence as this provides an elevated jumping point for pests to potentially clear the fence and invade the sanctuary. Boat ramp users will notice Park Rangers in this area informing the public of the need to take care parking vehicles and trailers. Biodiversity monitoring baseline surveys for the Open Sanctuary are complete. These surveys across the peninsula record numbers and species of plants, birds, reptiles and invertebrates to allow changes in biological condition over time to be measured. Repeat surveys will be conducted annually. A thank you barbecue was held recently for the volunteer pest trappers. Since trapping commenced at Shakespear in 2000, more than 12,000 rats, mustelids and possums have been trapped on the park. Volunteer trappers will continue to check and service the surveillance trap network following pest eradication next winter, the difference being that these traps will almost always be empty. However, eternal vigilance is required to maintain a pest free sanctuary and detect and remove any invaders that might breach our defences. The Christmas season is upon us, the water is warm and the pohutukawa are blooming. Time to enjoy the beautiful Shakespear Regional Park, as well as contemplating the open sanctuary that it will soon become.
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Rainfall last month at Whangaparaoa, measured at the end of the Peninsula, was 20.2 mm, 31 percent of normal November totals. While this reflected a very dry November period, in fact the lowest November total on record (since the station started in 1987) was last November, in which just 12.6 mm was recorded. NIWA predicts a warm, dry summer for the region due to a moderate to strong La Niña weather pattern which is likely to continue to next autumn. Its climate outlook through to January reveals that temperatures are likely to be above average and rainfall near or above normal.