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

 

Students get hands-on at water expo

Students get hands-on at water expo

For immediate release: 27 March 2014

Students from around the Bay of Plenty have been learning about water quality and how they can contribute to protecting the region’s waterways.

About 200 primary and intermediate students and about 20 teachers attended the Hands On Water Expo organised by Bay of Plenty Regional Council, in collaboration with staff from the Department of Conservation, Tauranga City Council, Rotorua District Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Enviroschools.

Students participated in a range of activities at Roydon Downs Farm Park near Paengaroa, last week, learning about water quality monitoring, catchment protection and pollution prevention, examining bugs in streams to assess the health of the water, checking out eels and conducting experiments.

This month’s expo was the second Hands On Water Expo the Regional Council has organised. It was held over two days with numbers limited to prevent damage to stream banks and to help manage transport to and from the farm.

Staff from participating organisations ran different activities, teaching the students practical skills they could use in the community.

“The children were fantastic – very engaged and enthusiastic,” Regional Council Community Engagement Advisor Stephanie Macdonald said.

“The feedback we’ve had has been very positive and with water quality and water management being a priority for the region, we hope the children and their teachers will now pass on what they learned and put some of it into practice,” she said.

“It was also great to have the involvement of the other councils and Department of Conservation to ensure we had as many activities as possible.”

Teachers who participated said they and their students gained “lots of ideas and inspiration” from the expo and appreciated the opportunity to connect with a range of educators, providers and scientists from around the region.
Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On (Not) Taking Responsibility, Terrorism Porn, And Dylan’s 76th

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point.

Reportedly, some junior members of his staff had been trying to tell him and his senior colleagues in management for years about the fraudulent actions of Joanne Harrison... Not only were those internal alerts apparently ignored. Some of the whistle blowers were allegedly punished by losing their jobs, as Harrison and her colleagues in management took revenge on them... More>>

Auditor-General's Statement: Standing Aside for Review of Appointment
Yesterday, I wrote to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and requested an independent person review my suitability for the role of Controller and Auditor-General... More>>

 

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Budget Offers: Green Party’s New Plan Puts Kiwi Families First

The Green Party has a plan to help all Kiwi kids have a great start to life, by giving parents more financial support and more flexibility at work. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election