Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Green Thumbs Up for Kids at Whau River Ecological Adventure

28 January 2014

Starting The Year Right Through Environment Clean-Up

On Sunday, 26th January, 60 members of Filipino-Kiwi families along with other migrants celebrated Auckland Anniversary weekend through the Whau River Ecological Adventure to take care of native plants at the child-friendly environment of Tony Segedin Reserve, Avondale.

The event was organised by the Filipino community women’s group Pinay Aotearoa Inc Society with the Whau River Catchment Trust. Just before the heavy showers, it was a perfect Sunday afternoon that fostered kids’ love of nature, arts and team spirit as they weeded and gathered mulch around 300 young plants.

Leaving a place better and cleaner is one of the values we wish our kids would have. After seeing the exhibit on littering concerns on Whau River at the Lynnmall last year, Pinay members in West Auckland together with URAGONZ (community group of Filipinos from the Bicol region of Philippines), thought of involving our own kids in responding to the call for community clean-up drive and holding a series of post-visit arts and crafts workshops on the theme ‘Whau River, We Care.’

Particularly for the Filipino families, after Haiyan we feel it’s important for our young ones to develop a sense of responsibility taking care of NZ environment, especially as we came from a country that has suffered cyclones and deadly consequences of decades of massive deforestation. We can’t thank New Zealanders enough for the massive support for Philippines’ catastrophic cyclone victims. One way we hope to give back to NZ by enjoining more Filipino-Kiwi families to take part in future environment-oriented projects.


Big thanks to Auckland Council Whau Local Board and NZ Lottery Grants Board for supporting our Whau River adventure which gathered families from West and around Auckland. Special thanks to the president and members of URAGONZ who joined us and prepared cupcakes forming the message ‘Whau River, We Care’ - served as special treat after the kids’ awesome job. Our next project is to organise a visit during the planting season hopefully with more kids from various ethnic communities.

Pinay Aotearoa Inc is a group established by Filipino women since February 2011 aiming to empower Filipino-Kiwi families and promote the Filipino bayanihan (cooperation) spirit to inspire, support and encourage each other in the face of challenges encountered while raising a family, working, studying and living in New Zealand. The group endeavours to strengthen community bonding through Kids Playgroup, Arts and Crafts activities while the mothers engage in Parenting Tips and Practical Family Help sessions.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news