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Councillors Take On School Students On Environment


Councillors take on secondary school students at environmental debate
March 5, 2003

Do composting toilets smell? Are they safe for our health? Could they make a positive difference to our environment? Do composting toilets have a place in urban North Shore City? These are some of the questions a team of North Shore City councillors and a team of students from Takapuna Grammar School will be thrashing out at the council's inaugural environmental debate.

Councillors Joel Cayford and Andrew Williams and deputy mayor, Dianne Hale make up the affirmative team arguing the point that there is no place for composting toilets in urban North Shore City. Mayor George Wood is chairing the debate.

On the negative team, representing Takapuna Grammar, Kate Eaglen (daughter of councillor Andrew Eaglen), Campbell McIlroy and David Tong will contend that there is a place for composting toilets in urban areas of our city.

Works and environment committee chairperson, Joel Cayford, says he welcomes the opportunity to talk sewage with the next generation.

"We'll all enjoy some toilet humour, but these are serious matters for the city," says Councillor Cayford.

As part of the week-long eco-fest celebrations (March 3 - 9), the debate will take place during the environmental awards evening at Wakatere Boating Club, Narrow Neck Beach, on Friday, March 7 at 6.30pm. People are invited to purchase tickets ($10 per person) for the evening, which also includes light refreshments by contacting Karina Williams on 486 8600. Tickets are strictly limited.

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