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

 


Community workshops target Rotorua waterways

Community workshops target Rotorua waterways


Steven Hasnip wants to make a difference to the environment now for the enjoyment of future generations.

And with the future in mind, he’s encouraging Rotorua locals to attend a series of community workshops at which they’ll learn how they can help look after our waterways.

While still a teenager himself, Steven, a Year 12 Rotorua Lakes High School student, is taking a long-term view of his involvement in the Rotorua Youth Environment Forum, an environmental education programme run by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

“We need to make changes before the damage is irreversible, so that people in the future can enjoy and maintain the environments we are creating now,” Steven says.

Over the next week he’ll be involved in activities that form part of the Love Your Water workshops being held to support community involvement in looking after our waterways.

Organised by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the workshops aim to encourage locals to work together to look after Rotorua waterways to create healthy environments for native flora and fauna and contribute towards building stronger, healthier communities.

The first workshop, on June 16, will be for secondary school students with community workshops the following two evenings and a combined schools/community clean-up and planting at Ōhinemutu on Friday June 20. The Love Your Water series will finish with a community workshop the following day, Saturday 21, at Linton Park Community Centre.

The presentation and event management training workshops will be facilitated by award-winning New Zealand charity Sustainable Coastlines and attendees will learn simple steps and creative ways to help look after Rotorua’s waterways and organise related events.

Steven and other RYEF members will be heavily involved in the workshops and associated activities. “It is our responsibility as younger people to contribute to the future,” Steven says.

Fellow RYEF member Matthew Gibbs, a senior student at Western Heights High School, is also a keen young environmentalist and hopes the workshops will be well attended.

“I hope people will come along to learn about how to look after our waterways. I enjoy helping others to learn about the environment and what they can do to help and it’s fun being part of the activities,” he says.

Love Your Water series

Monday June 16: Secondary students workshop.
Tuesday June 17: Community workshop, Te Roro o te Rangi Marae, 22 Ariariterangi St, Ōhinemutu, 6pm-8pm, supper provided.
Wednesday June 18: Community workshop, Te Roro o te Rangi Marae, 22 Ariariterangi St, Ōhinemutu, 6pm-8pm, supper provided.
Friday June 20: School and community clean-up and planting, Ōhinemutu (meet at mouth of Utuhina River) 10am to 2pm. Please bring a spade.
Saturday June 21: Community workshop and stream clean-up, Linton Park Community Centre, 2pm-4.30pm. Please bring working gloves. Afternoon tea provided.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Russel Norman Resignation

While not the decisive factor, last year’s election result must have made it easier for Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman to finally call it a day. After three years of solid campaigning on social justice, economic and environmental issues – and amidst another round of self-destruction by Labour, its ally and rival on the centre-left – the Greens had realistically expected to end up close to 15 % on election day. Instead, it barely held its own, and failed to increase its vote.

This would have been an especially bitter result for Norman. For the past six years, Norman has been the de facto leader of the Opposition – especially after Labour lost the plot with a series of inept leaders and a chronic identity crisis about what, if anything, it now stood for. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news