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St Anthony’s pupils get lesson in leadership Continued from page 1. They include Olympic medallist Eliza McCartney, New Zealander of the Year Lance O’Sullivan and Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck. St Anthony’s guest speaker was Dr Colin Kennedy, head of operations of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), who spoke to the school’s Year 5-8 pupils about how leaders are making a difference in the world. Originally from Northern Ireland, Colin has lived in Wellington for 15 years after spending 10 years backpacking

around the world, working out what he wanted to do. “I helped rebuild a village in India and worked in an orphanage in Cambodia,” he says. “In India I discovered many people didn’t have access to toilets. “Later I went to Victoria University and wanted to know why these things were happening; why is the world so messed up? “I studied Development Studies and became a Doctor [of Philosophy], then a lecturer. I found all I was doing was talking about the problems.”

Eventually he found out about Young Enterprise and was instantly sold on the idea of making money by helping others make a difference. “It’s the best job in the world. My role is not to be a friend but to help people fulfil their dreams.” Part of his presentation involved asking pupils to come up with their ideas for solving the environmental problem of plastic bags. The proposals they came up with included recycling bags for customers, lowering the price of fabric bags and even

using edible bags. Colin describes leaders as being “emotionally intelligent”, that is, clever enough to know when people need help. “Sometimes it’s good to be a follower as well – to know when it’s the right time to lead and when to follow.” Critically, they are also people who “get things done” and are not afraid of failure. He believes “fail” should be an acronym – “First Attempt In Learning” – and that those who don’t fail in life are not doing a good enough job.

Predator Free Wellington spreads wings with charity status By Sophie Manson


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Predator Free Wellington (PFW) has reached a new milestone by being granted recognised charity status by Wellington City Council. The city council is one of the three partners that contribute equally to PFW alongside Greater Wellington Regional Council and the NEXT Foundation. “It’s always been an intention of the project to become its own independent entity,” said James Willcocks, project director of PFW. “So the support we’ve received from our founding partners to get to this point and their support to keep progressing is absolutely fantastic.” The project was announced in late 2016 and has been going from strength to strength. It was first introduced in the Miramar Peninsula, as the airport acts as a natural barrier to predators, enabling it to become

Participants of a Predator Free Miramar working bee build traps in a garage. PHOTO: Dan Henry

possum-free since 2006. This is the first known project of its kind in the world, so following proof of concept on Miramar, it will be rolled out across the city with the hope of Wellington becoming predatorfree by 2030. Recognised charity status will open many pathways for further growth, but James thanks Wel-

lingtonians for the projects’ success. PFW, alongside Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, ran a survey last year to ascertain support for the eradication of predators in the city. It showed 84 percent support for the project, with 69 percent wanting to be actively involved. There are many ways to get




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involved, James says. “It could just be going along on one weekend to help build some trap boxes, it could be building weta hotels or planting a lizard garden so some of our unique species of lizard can find safe habitat.” PFW are also currently taking part in the national Garden Bird Survey, running until July 8.

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