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‘Bug­man’ thrills Katikati au­di­ence

Kindy kids to adults en­joy hear­ing sci­en­tist talk

- Chris Steel Katikati · Fun (band)

Katikati is a gor­geous lit­tle town. Peo­ple in Katikati are con­nected — they get it about Mother Earth. Ruud Klein­paste

The Bug Man, aka Ruud Klein­paste— came, he saw, he con­quered and left Katikati feel­ing well sat­is­fied. “Katikati is a gor­geous lit­tle town. “Peo­ple in Katikati are con­nected — they get it about Mother Earth. It was great.”

Over700 peo­ple had the op­por­tu­nity to ‘Bug Around with Ruud’ and be in­spired by Ruud Klein­paste last Fri­day af­ter be­ing in­vited by Katikati Ta­iao’s Anne Billing and sup­ported by a Kings Seeds, Katch Katikati and the Tau­ranga Gar­den and Art Fes­ti­val.

It­was an ac­tion-packed day that saw Ruud shar­ing his knowl­edge at Katikati Kinder­garten, Katikati Pri­mary School and Katikati Col­lege. The stu­dents at all three venues were cap­ti­vated.

“As an En­viro Kinder­garten we value learn­ing about the preser­va­tion of our ecosys­tem and fos­ter­ing cu­rios­ity in young chil­dren.

“Ruud wasso in­ter­est­ing and our chil­dren and wha¯nau were mes­merised by his amus­ing and in­ter­ac­tive mat time,” the teach­ers said.

His pre­sen­ta­tion at the col­lege was themed Hu­mans on Earth and ex­plored how as hu­man pop­u­la­tions grow and grow, bio­di­ver­sity “goes down­the gur­gler”. He ex­plored how hu­mans fit (and don’t), what we can learn from bugs, the amaz­ing ser­vices that bugs per­form for our planet, and per­form free of charge. He talked about sus­tain­abil­ity and why hu­mans need to do bet­ter than that and ac­tu­ally con­trib­ute to our ecosys­tem. In­no­va­tive Hor­ti­cul­ture man­ager Hi­lary John­son said50011-15-yearolds were silently en­tranced through­out the en­tire pre­sen­ta­tion apart from laugh­ter at Ruud’s hu­mour, which in­cluded some very clever im­per­son­ations.

“It­was an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege to see a knowl­edge­able sci­en­tist en­gage the stu­dents through skil­ful sto­ry­telling from the heart. He would have made a great teacher!”

Science teacher An­der­ley Middleton said ,“How fan­tas­tic that mosquito larva cleanup water by eat­ing al­gae . . . and cock­roaches clean up our kitchens . . . and that they do so as free slave labour!

“I love how Ruud sees in­sects in the pos­i­tive role of help­ing us fix up­the cur­rent global warm­ing fi­asco we hu­mans have cre­ated.”

Deb Holmes, Year 7 and8 home room teacher, en­joyed learn­ing about biomimicry.

“It­was both in­ter­est­ing and in­spir­ing to hear bugs are be­ing stud­ied in or­der to in­spire de­sign so­lu­tions to prob­lems we face today.”

Ash­leigh Oliver from Katikati Pri­mary said the chil­dren re­ally en­joyed hear­ing Ruud’s sto­ries about his trav­els.

“The things he spoke about were re­ally rel­e­vant for our chil­dren and they were able to grow their un­der­stand­ing of how their en­vi­ron­ment works around them.”

Twenty peo­ple joined Ruud on a gar­den ram­ble of Jizzy Green’s highly pro­duc­tive food pro­duc­ing gar­den in Park Rd and the vege gar­den at Katikati Col­lege.

Toni Mil­lar was on the gar­den ram­ble and went to the even­ing event. “I felt so lucky to be there to share in Rudd’s knowl­edge. He presents very im­por­tant mes­sages about the en­vi­ron­ment in such a hugely hu­mor­ous way.”

In the even­ing Ruud’s talk on ‘How to mur­der your veges more slowly’ was very in­for­ma­tive about the good guys and the “not so” good guys in the gar­den. Some 80 peo­ple were en­ter­tained and ed­u­cated by the Bug Man’s hu­mor­ous style of pre­sent­ing very im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion.

Rudd said do­ing some­thing like Anne had or­gan­ised was fun. “Anne is al­ready a kin­dred spirit— it’s like play­ing a home game.”

He com­mented at his even­ing event how “peo­ple have got it, they know what we need to do with the planet”.

Or­gan­iser Anne Billing thanks Rudd and all those in­volved. The event will help raise funds for Grow on Katikati, a project to grow veg­etable seedlings and gen­er­ate a move to­wards food se­cu­rity in

Katikati.

Eco­nomic growth at all cost is not the way for­ward. We need to look af­ter mother earth,” says Bug­Man Ruud Klein­paste. Ruud loves na­ture, ecol­ogy and in­ver­te­brates so much that he goes out of his way to find lit­tle bits of par­adise all over the world, while con­stantly striv­ing to change peo­ple’s per­cep­tions about the small things in life that mat­ter so much to our world.“My strat­egy is is to in­fil­trate ed­u­ca­tion, and Ido this shame­lessly. Ido this by cre­at­ing na­ture-lit­er­ate teach­ers.”

Ruud says his big fo­cus these days is teach­ing teach­ers to teach out­side. “I do that for the whole cur­ricu­lum.

“It’s not about look­ing for bugs, it’s do­ing dance, mu­sic, maths out­side cal­cu­lat­ing the num­ber of flax seeds out­side.

“The big pic­ture is to get a re­con­nec­tion go­ing with na­ture.”

Af­ter a full day vis­it­ing Katikati, he cer­tainly made his mark and was an in­spi­ra­tion to many from all age groups.

Here is a photo sum­mary of Ruud’s visit.

 ??  ?? What is that . . . Bug Man, Ruud Klein­paste in Katikati.
What is that . . . Bug Man, Ruud Klein­paste in Katikati.
 ??  ?? Left: Peo­ple joined Ruud on a gar­den ram­ble of Jizzy Greene’s highly pro­duc­tive food pro­duc­ing gar­den.
Left: Peo­ple joined Ruud on a gar­den ram­ble of Jizzy Greene’s highly pro­duc­tive food pro­duc­ing gar­den.
 ??  ?? Be­low: Ruud had lunch with the team at renowned seed sup­pli­ers, Kings Seeds in Wharawhara Rd.
Be­low: Ruud had lunch with the team at renowned seed sup­pli­ers, Kings Seeds in Wharawhara Rd.
 ??  ?? Be­low: With col­lege hor­ti­cul­ture teacher Hi­lary John­son and the bug col­lec­tion.
Be­low: With col­lege hor­ti­cul­ture teacher Hi­lary John­son and the bug col­lec­tion.
 ??  ?? Look­ing for gems, Ruud with the teach­ers and chil­dren at Katikati Kinder­garten.
Look­ing for gems, Ruud with the teach­ers and chil­dren at Katikati Kinder­garten.
 ??  ?? Right: The sweet smell of good com­post at Katikati Col­lege.
Right: The sweet smell of good com­post at Katikati Col­lege.
 ??  ?? Left: The gar­den ram­ble at the col­lege vege gar­den.
Left: The gar­den ram­ble at the col­lege vege gar­den.
 ??  ?? The Katikati Pri­mary School stu­dents were cap­ti­vated.
The Katikati Pri­mary School stu­dents were cap­ti­vated.

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