Thursday December 13, 2018
Children from five Wellington schools pose with letters on Island Bay beach to show their love of Taputeranga Reserve after 10 years. PHOTO: Te Kawa Robb.
Taputeranga’s 10 years celebrated in style By Jamie Adams
About 300 pupils from five Wellington schools – including four from the southern suburbs – turned up at Shorland Park to hold a special presentation on Friday. They took to the beach to pose for a photo to show their love for the Taputeranga Marine Reserve which turned 10 years old last week. Classes undertook several ecoaware activities at Shorland Park for much of the day, including turning T-shirts into shopping
bags, identifying marine creatures, sorting out recycling and learning about the regulations of the marine reserve. Prizes were also drawn for competition winners that included free tours of the reserve and Somes Island. “We did our first snorkel the first year Taputeranga was established. We didn’t use this one initially, we used Kapiti. But because the reserves got better every year, now it’s a no-brainer as it’s right on our doorstep,” director Zoe Studd says.
The event was organised by Mountains to Sea, a charitable trust dedicated to educating the public about their local environment by getting them participating in a number of programmes. By coincidence 2018 has also been the 10th anniversary of the trust, which has led 20,000 people, including students from 41 schools, through their programmes since July 2008. As victims of their own success, the trust is fundraising for a new trailer and second-hand truck to cater for the extra demand for
snorkelling equipment. While the organisation did receive more than $242,000 in funding from corporate and charitable sponsors over the 2017/18 financial year, nearly two-thirds of it went into programme delivery and hosting events. “We work out of our trailer. We go all around the Wellington region. We don’t have an office, we just turn up, open up our trailer and through wetsuits out,” Zoe says. “Currently I throw everything into the back of my car and
while the Wellington team has a dedicated trailer we don’t have one for any of the other teams.” Mountains To Sea’s 10th anniversary will be celebrated further this Saturday with a free public snorkelling event at Princess Bay this Saturday from 10am-3pm. The Pledge Me fundraising campaign finishes on December 19 with the aim of raising $20,000. They are currently at about $15,0000. To makle a donation go to pledgeme.co.nz/ projects/5866.
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