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Hakatere trip June 7 for World Environment Day

May 15, 2008


Hakatere trip June 7 for World Environment Day

A special trip along the Hakatere/Ashburton River from the mountains to the sea is being planned to celebrate World Environment Day (June 5) in Mid Canterbury.

Environment Canterbury resource care officer Melanie Schauer is hoping to raise awareness about climate change during the day and how it will affect people’s lifestyles, livelihoods and landscapes.

The trip is being held on Saturday, June 7 and it is planned to take a busload of people to the top of the river catchment in the high country, where a local farmer will be the first of a series of speakers.

As the group progresses down the catchment, the Department of Conservation, the New Zealand Forest and Bird Society, Arowhenua runanga, Ashburton District Council and the Ashburton River Mouth Action Committee will also give talks on projects they have been working on, and ideas for the future of the river and its environs.

Anyone interesting in attending can register by calling Environment Canterbury’s Timaru office on 688 9069 or by email to Melanie.schauer[at]ecan.govt.nz If there are too many people for the 55-seater bus, car-pooling will be encouraged.

Funding for the day has come from the Ministry for the Environment, and includes a lunch sourced from local produce.


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