Ella’s bot­tle bird bags first place

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

A plas­tic bot­tle and a card­board bag were put to good use for Ella Hart­ley’s com­pe­ti­tion-winning Milk Bot­tle Kiwi.

But for the art­work’s fi­nal touches, the St Mary’s Bay eight-year-old had to look fur­ther than the re­cy­cling bin.

“The eyes were the hard­est part,” she says.

“They came from Grandma’s but­ton col­lec­tion. We found two but­tons she didn’t need.”

Ella’s clever kiwi won first place in the five to eight-year-old cat­e­gory in Auck­land Zoo’s Trash to Taonga event.

Chil­dren were chal­lenged to make an art­work that re­flects New Zealand flora or fauna with rub­bish they col­lected.

The com­pe­ti­tion was among events held to mark Con­ser­va­tion Week, which ends on Sun­day.

Pon­sonby Pri­mary School pupil Ella spent a week work­ing on her en­try.

She says kiwi are one of her favourite an­i­mals, along with cats.

Her mother Laraine says she’s been a reg­u­lar zoo vis­i­tor since very young.

“She’s al­ways been keen on an­i­mals, art and build­ing things.”

West­ern Springs nine-year-old Powhenua Hoani-Mur­ray won the nine to 13-year-old cat­e­gory for his cop­per skink.

Owairaka Pri­mary School won the school group en­try for their col­lec­tion of crea­tures, in­clud­ing a fan­tail, al­ba­tross and tu­atara.

All win­ners re­ceived a be­hind-thescenes tour of the zoo and cer­tifi­cates pre­sented at a cer­e­mony on Sun­day.

Zoo di­rec­tor Jonathan Wil­cken says Con­ser­va­tion Week is a good time to cel­e­brate New Zealand’s nat­u­ral trea­sures.

“But also to look at how as in­di­vid­u­als we can all play a part in help­ing en­sure we don’t lose what we have,” he says.

Meet the Lo­cals is the theme for this year’s week, which is a Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment ini­tia­tive.

Depart­ment brand and cam­paign man­ager Stasi Turn­bull says New Zealand is full of plants, an­i­mals and land­scapes found nowhere else.

“Con­ser­va­tion Week is your op­por­tu­nity to show them off, to learn more about them and see them up close.”

Events are be­ing held around the Auck­land re­gion. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.con­ser­va­tion­week.org. nz.


Clever kiwi: Eight-year-old Ella Hart­ley with her kiwi, made from a milk bot­tle, shop­ping bag and old coathanger.

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