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Thursday October 1, 2015

Students help to save our streams By Sam Whittle

Saving the environment one stream at a time is the aim of a Wellington East Girls’ College classroom. Thirty girls have been trampling in mud and standing in freezing cold water to determine the health of a few Wellington streams and they plan on letting the public know about their findings. Whitebait Connection, an action based community conservation education programme, equipped the students with everything they needed for the experiments. At the Kaiwharawhara and Owhiro streams they tested the temperature, clarity of water, nutrient density and made other observations such as how much litter was around. Student Bella Sexton, 13, says they were trying to find out whether the streams were “healthy or unhealthy” and raise awareness about the state of the streams. “Our goal is to improve the condition the streams are in, and not

everyone knows how bad some of them are. We want to prevent them from getting any worse.” The plan of action for some students is to conduct fundraisers to raise money for signage or fences at the stream while others are writing letters to the council with suggestions on how to protect the waterways. One student is making signs warning people not to fish in the Owhiro stream, which the class found was “unhealthy.” Bella, who has signed up to be part of an Owhiro stream litter clean up, says it was nice to leave the classroom for a couple of days and do something different. “It was good to do some hands on stuff and not just hear about it. It was freezing though, our feet got pretty numb.” She says she didn’t know anything about the health of streams, and studying it is has sparked an interest. “After school I would like to do something in science and to do with the environment.”

OTARI’S OK: Bella Sexton with some of her research on the health of Wellington streams wants to keep Otari Wilton’s stream healthy. Photo: Sam Whittle

Cycleway construction begins

WARM WELCOME: Construction workers in Island Bay are greeted with home baking.

Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share? email to or Text to 022 322 4811 THUMBS UP to the start of construction of the fantastic new Island Bay cycleway. Yay to safer transport options! THUMBS DOWN to the Strathmore “Local” Bar and Restaurant for keeping neighbours awake with ear splitting music for three hours to midnight on Saturday, September 26. THUMBS UP to the mini cacti at New World Thorndon. They made my day!

THUMBS UP to having The Block back on television. Can’t wait to watch another season.

A group of friendly Island Bay residents welcomed those working on the Island Bay cycleway with some baking earlier this week. Spokesman for the Cycling Advocates Network Patrick Morgan said construction began on the cycleway on Monday. “I understand that some of the locals decided to come out with a warm welcome for the construction workers with some scones, coffee and ginger crunch. “It’s great they got a warm

Island Bay welcome.” Patrick said while shops in the area would remain open during construction, it was important for people to continue to support local businesses. “It has been a bit of a bumpy process, but I think Island Bay people will be really proud of it once it’s complete.” Construction is expected to be completed by early 2016.  For more information on the cycleway head to the Wellington City Council website.

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THUMBS DOWN to this year going so fast, only three months until Christmas.

THUMBS UP for this week’s beautiful weather. With Daylight Saving it is really starting to feel like summer has begun. THUMBS UP to double cheese sizzlers, they are the perfect summer snack. THUMBS DOWN to the Island Bay community arguing over the cycleway, tired of reading about it week in and week out.

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