Three bags full - be­fore morn­ing tea

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - JILL CLEAVE

Glass bot­tles, plas­tic bot­tles, bro­ken bot­tles and springs were all in the col­lec­tion of rub­bish picked up by pre-school­ers in Tairua on the Keep NZ Beau­ti­ful Clean Up day.

With the sup­port of par­ents, all the chil­dren from Cen­tral Kids Tairua Kinder­garten and staff took part in the day with the mis­sion to ed­u­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of tidy ki­wis and work to­gether to­ward cre­at­ing a bet­ter New Zealand by mak­ing a tan­gi­ble dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

Head teacher Linda Ver­meren said the day was very suc­cess­ful.

‘‘We split into three groups to cover the wider en­vi­ron­ment around the kinder­garten, cleaned up around the Es­planade Re­serve, parts of Gra­hams Creek walk­way and around Cory Park be­fore fin­ish­ing at the Pepe play­ground for morn­ing tea,’’ she said.

Ver­meren said they as­pired to de­velop and nur­ture the un­der­stand­ing of car­ing for Pa­p­atu¯a¯nuku – Mother Earth and the im­por­tance of look­ing af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment the chil­dren live in and par­tic­i­pat­ing in this event sup­ports chil­dren’s grow­ing sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the liv­ing world and knowl­edge about it which is a goal of Te Wha¯riki, the NZ ECE cur­ricu­lum.

Some of the chil­dren’s re­sponses to this day in­cluded: ’’We have to keep Tairua clean. It helps dol­phins live if we have a tidy place.’’ ‘‘If dol­phins eat rub­bish they will die or get sick. If the plas­tic goes down the wrong hole they will choke or die.’’ ’’We were pick­ing up rub­bish to keep the place clean and the stuff peo­ple chucked over the fence. The lawn­mower ran it over cos it got lost in the grass.’’

‘‘We found an old con­crete bird bath on a rub­bish pile which we are now dec­o­rat­ing to put in our gar­den, this fits with our ethos of reusing and re­cy­cling,’’ said Ver­meren.

Dog own­ers who use th­ese ar­eas might like to know that along with the bot­tles and plas­tic rub­bish picked up a lot of dog ‘‘lit­ter’’ was no­ticed.

While Clean Up Week is on Waste Man­age­ment and En­vi­roWaste kindly agreed to open up their trans­fer sta­tions for free rub­bish dis­posal.

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