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St Mary’s students create book to raise awareness about plastic waste
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Continued from page 1. On this journey, Ngake the Taniwha shows them the impacts of their littering. “Not only does our book provide entertainment away from digital devices, but it also has a clear message on an important environmental issue,” Sophie DeGregorio, communications manager of the group, said. The book is part of an extracurricular project where Year 12 students are encouraged to set up their own enterprise. “We chose to create a book because we were trying to look at the future and think about how we can influence people’s behaviour which is important if we want to reduce plastic waste,” Bree Mitchell, Ngaio local and the group’s CEO, said. “We conducted a market research and found out that parents want their kids to learn about plastic waste.” Taylor Smith, productions manager, explained that they had formed their enterprise in
April and had been working hard the last few months to create their product. “We contacted Blue Star Works asking them whether they would want to produce our book, and they were excited about the idea and gave us a good quote,” Taylor said. The group also partnered up with visual artist Megan KatePotter who drew the images for Katie and Tama’s plastic adventure. The biggest challenge for the group was getting enough startup funds to pay the publishing company and the artist. “We took the eighth place at the Dragons Den Wellington regional finals for young enterprises at the end of June and won $100 which helped with our finances,” Sarah Choice, marketing manager, said. The young enterprise has partnered up with the Sustainability Trust for distributing The Adventures of Katie and Tama: The Power of Plastic, with some of the book’s pro-
The girls wrote the story for their colouring book by themselves. IMAGE: Supplied.
ceeds going towards the trust’s education programme. The girls agreed that it was rewarding to look at their book knowing that they have
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Landslip in Ngauranga Gorge brings traffic to standstill
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A landslip in Ngauranga Gorge just after noon yesterday stopped traffic on Highway 1 and caused extensive traffic delays in the Ngaio, Khandallah, Johnsonville and Tawa. All three southbound lanes of the Ngauranga Gorge in Wellington remained closed until late in the evening, as contractors worked to clear a large slip and ensure the area is safe for traffic. The New Zealand Transport Agency’s regional transport systems manager Mark Owen said the Fire Service was on site yesterday afternoon sluicing water on to the slip area to remove any loose material which could otherwise fall on to the road. Geotechnical engineers were also on site assessing the area where
the slip came down just after 12pm today. Mr Owen said once the road was cleared, concrete barriers would be put in place at the slip site. “We know this is a huge disruption for people and our crews are working hard to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. “In the meantime we’re asking people to plan ahead, make alternative travel arrangements to get in and out the city, or use State Highway 2 as an alternative.” The three northbound lanes in the Ngauranga Gorge also remained closed until the afternoon allowing contractors to access the slip site. For more information visit the NZTA Facebook page.
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