Aotea stu­dents on the hunt for pesky pests

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Porirua’s na­tive bush is one step safer from pests thanks to a part­ner­ship be­tween Aotea Col­lege and the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion.

As part of the school’s cit­i­zen class, year 11 stu­dents chose an or­gan­i­sa­tion to vol­un­teer for.

A group of five stu­dents built trap boxes for the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and other Porirua con­ser­va­tion groups last Tues­day.

Aotea Col­lege stu­dent Re­becca Groom said it was re­ward­ing to know the work would help the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It will help pro­tect na­tive birds and stop pests,’’ she said.

Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion part­ner­ships ranger Charles Bar­rie said it was the first time stu­dents in Porirua had part­nered with the depart­ment.

‘‘It is re­ally go­ing to make a big dif­fer­ence. We had the traps, but we didn’t have the boxes,’’ he said.

‘‘This is the first step in what could be an on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with the school to sup­port com­mu­nity groups and en­gage young people in con­ser­va­tion work.’’

Bar­rie said the project was not about fir­ing up the stu­dents to kill things, but rather about the ef­fect pests had on con­ser­va­tion land.

He said there were strict guide­lines to how the traps were used and it was very hu­mane.

The depart­ment pro­vided the class with ma­te­ri­als, the con­text and method to con­struct the trap boxes, which will be dis­trib­uted to com­mu­nity groups work­ing in the area.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Brave new world: John Hlawn Ching, left, and Danilo Ro­driguez Royes took pho­tos of their hopes and dreams.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Trapped: From left, Court­ney West, Jaylee Kitch­ing, Re­becca Groom, Kee­gan Smith and Miles Mava­fua.

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