Go artistic with your garbage
Turning a load of old rubbish into a creative treasure is the challenge for Conservation Week next month.
Auckland Zoo is inviting young people to clean up their neighbourhood and use the rubbish to create an artwork that reflects native fauna or flora.
Spokeswoman Emma Bowyer-Warner says the Trash to Taonga challenge is a great chance for young people to have fun while making a difference in their communities.
“Sadly there’s a lot of trash out there in our waterways, beaches and green spaces which along with being unsightly poses a serious threat to our wildlife.”
Plastic is the worst offender with fur seals, dolphins, penguins and seabirds particularly vulnerable.
“We hope Trash to Taonga will raise awareness of what’s threatening our local wildlife and inspire the young people who participate to take action to help conserve their local living treasures.”
Entries can be in any art form and should include a brief description about its message and where the rubbish was collected.
Winners in the four age categories up to 18 years will have their creations displayed at the zoo and a personalised tour behind the scenes.
Entries must be at the zoo’s information centre by 5pm on August 31.
Winners will be announced on September 7 at the start of Conservation Week.
For more information visit the website www.aucklandzoo.co.nz.