Thursday May 31, 2018
Experiencing Marine Reserves inspires local student
inbrief news Restored Carillon sound as a bell Pukeahu National War Memorial Park was the site of a double celebration yesterday with the reopening of the restored Carillon and the unveiling of the Wellington’s Bell Stories interactive display. The majority of the 74 Carillon bells honour those who died in the First World War, with the rest dedicated to battles, military units, and related groups. The interactive display provides an in-depth look at the stories behind five of the Carillon bells donated by Wellingtonians. Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Paul James is pleased to see the Carillon earthquake strengthened and restored to its former glory.
DIY winter workshops Bunnings Warehouse Lyall Bay is once again hosting a series of DIY workshops, this time for the winter season. The weekend workshops include advice on how to best warm your home, indoor inspiration and flooring. The second weekend features workshops that celebrate World Environment Day. The workshops at the Kingsford Smith St, Rongotai store will be held every Saturday and Sunday throughout June at 11am and 1pm.
ABOVE: Waimarama Taipiata-Bright experiences the Blue Maomao Arch at the Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve. PHOTO: Darryl Torckler RIGHT: Waimarama’s artwork, which won the EMR Bobby Stafford-Bush Ocean Art prize for Wellington region.
Local student Waimarama Taipiata-Bright has returned “inspired” after an unforgettable weekend snorkelling at the Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve off Northland’s coast, as part of an education programme. Students and their parents explored the Blue Maomao arch, named as one of the top 10 dive sites around the world by Jacques Cousteau, and home to thousands of its namesake fish and a multitude of other stunning biodiversity. For Waimarama the experience was “truly a trip to remember”.
“Words can’t express how exhilarating and entertaining the Poor Knights were,” she says. Waimarama was one of 30 students from across New Zealand selected to take part in the annual Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) trip this year, which she earned her place by winning the EMR Bobby Stafford-Bush Ocean Art prize for the Wellington region. Her artwork was about representing the need to look after the marine environment for the younger generation, depicting a young woman looking out
over Steeple rock (known as Te Aroaro-o-Kupe) in Seatoun where she attends school. Waimarama and her fellow students from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Mokopua were able to take part in the EMR programme in Wellington last term thanks to funding received from the Nikau Foundation. Their engagement with the EMR programme is also part of a year-long programme – Te Kura Moana – for full immersion Te Reo Maori schools. Delivered in partnership with Mountains to Sea Wellington and Te Aho Tu Roa with
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funding support from Curious Minds, the Te Kura Moana programme has students learning about traditional and contemporary methods of marine protection, and how Maori science and knowledge could be used to protect places that are significant to their iwi and hapu. This year is also the 10th anniversary of Taputeranga Marine Reserve, and to celebrate Mountains to Sea Wellington will be providing many more engaging marine experiences to schools and communities towards the end of this year.
Local economy ‘in a good place’ Wellington City Council Econom ic Development Portfolio leader Simon Marsh says Wellington is “in a good place” 18 months after the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. “Our economy has clearly grown in the last quarter, our unemployment rate continues to fall and the number of new residential building consents has grown,” the Eastern Ward councillor says. Wellington City’s economy grew by 2.7 percent in the year to March, while the unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent from 4.7 percent for the March quarter. The city gained 2772 people in the year to March 2018, which is nearly double the 10-year average.
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