Go artis­tic with your garbage

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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