Ella’s bottle bird bags first place
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.