Kids bitten by eco bug
Remarkable Primary School students were given an inspirational talk about looking after the future of the earth by the world famous ‘‘Bugman’’, also-known-as Rudd Kleinpaste, last week.
Kleinpaste, a trustee of Project Crimson, joined forces with members of the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust, Conservation Department, Rata Dining chef Josh Emett and restaurateur Fleur Caulton, to plant 350 native species with 21 students on the Kelvin Heights peninsular on Thursday.
Kleinpaste said it was important to engage with the children and show them how important it was to have an ecological balance in the future.
‘‘They need all the tools that can get to help humanity stay on the planet,’’ he said.
‘‘The most important thing for me is we all know about planting and the need for planting in global warming.’’
Rata Dining chef Josh Emett said it was a great initiative and ‘‘good fun’’ to take part in the planting. The plantings would boost the beautiful walk as the native trees in the area could get ‘‘beaten up’’ by other invasive species in the area, Emett said.
So far the restaurant had donated $5000 to cause, which included funds raised from hosting a fashion show lunch with Yvonne Bennetti in May.
Southern rata and Kowhai trees were some of the native trees that were planted.
Wakatipu ecologist and reforestation trust trustee Neill Simpson helped organise the planting event.
Mucking in: Rata Dining chef Josh Emett and the ‘‘Bugman’’, aka Rudd Kleinpaste, along with Wakatipu Reforestation Trust members and Remarkables Primary School students, take a break from planting native trees at Kelvin Heights last week.