Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Wellington Zoo’s Bush Builders

Media Release

27 November 2012

Wellington Zoo’s Bush Builders

Wellington Zoo’s Bush Builders programme has had a busy year, helping six Wellington schools to connect with nature. With a specialist Educator leading the way, the environmental education programme reaches its final phase this week.

Using the living world to excite and empower students to take positive action in their own communities, the Wellington Zoo initiative aims to connect urban students with their local flora and fauna.

“We have seen amazing uptake with Bush Builders this year,” said Chief Executive, Karen Fifield. “Our Bush Builder Educator has helped the schools to make connections in the wider community; from Berhampore Nursery to the Wellington Lions. These relationships help to strengthen community ties and help our young people to make their own connection with nature.”

Environmental literacy is built over three distinct phases; from a launch at Wellington Zoo, to biological surveying at the school, and finishing up with action days which create more biodiversity within the school.

“Being able to help these schools make a real connection with nature has been a real buzz,” shared Bush Builder Educator, Kim Tabrum. “This week, the team at the Zoo are helping out with the action days at the schools – working with the students to create spaces which encourage our native animals to move in.”

These spaces vary from weta hotels to lizard gardens, pollinator palaces to bird feeders. The team are also helping with landscaping to create environments for native animals to thrive.

“It will be great to see the output from this final phase, and how the school community keeps their environmental actions going in the future,” said Tabrum. “With a whole new year just around the corner, we’re looking forward to connecting more schools with their surrounding natural environments.”

The six schools involved with Wellington Zoo’s Bush Builder programme in 2012 are:

St Francis de Sales
Newtown School
Berhampore School
Ngaio School
Houghton Valley School
Wellington High School

Wellington Zoo is grateful for the support of the Thomas George Macarthy Trust, which funded the Bush Builder Educator role this year.

Wellington Zoo is a charitable trust principally funded by the Wellington City Council

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Alison McCulloch: Lest We Remember

Local iwi have plans to spruce up the Te Ranga site as part of the 150th commemorations this year of key battles in the “New Zealand Wars”, but not a lot of money to do it with.

Information gathered from numerous government agencies shows that while more than $25 million is being spent on monuments and commemorations relating to foreign wars, primarily World War I and its centenary, only around $250,000 has been set aside for those fought on our own soil. More>>

Anne Russell: Anzac Day - Identity Politics, With Guns

Even cursory research into media reports from the past forty years reveals a cultural shift in the commemoration of Anzac Day. Among other things, turnout at Dawn services has increased significantly in recent decades.

Contemporary numbers are estimated at 3,000-4,000 in Wellington, and 10,000-15,000 in Auckland. Newspaper reports from the 1970s and 80s estimated Wellington turnouts at 300-800, and Auckland at anywhere from 600 to 4,000. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Spookwatch: New Inspector-General Of Intelligence And Security Appointed

Prime Minister John Key hasannounced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years. More>>

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

ALSO:

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news