Fon­terra cleans up

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate School stu­dent’s art work has been se­lected to dec­o­rate a South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil re­cy­cling bin out­side the Fon­terra plant in Ti­rau.

The art work com­pe­ti­tion was part of the dairy com­pany’s bid last year to teach the Ti­rau school com­mu­nity about re­cy­cling.

Danni Steiner, 11, an avid artist, said it was ‘‘pretty cool’’ to have her piece pub­licly dis­played.

She drew the bod­ies of dif­fer­ent peo­ple and the heads were used as the holes for re­cy­cling.

Her in­spi­ra­tion was aimed at get­ting peo­ple to­gether to fo­cus on re­cy­cling and clean­ing up the town. ‘‘[ It was about] get­ting peo­ple in­volved, all about the com­mu­nity.’’

Though she has al­ready been thor­oughly in­volved in en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives at pri­mary school, she was sur­prised at some of the things she learnt dur­ing the lessons con­ducted by Fon­terra. ‘‘It’s amaz­ing how long it takes for plas­tic to break down.’’

Plant man­ager Bruce Were said it was a ‘‘holis­tic ap­proach’’ when it was de­cided the com­pany should get in­volved. ‘‘The way Fon­terra see it is we are in the com­mu­nity and our fam­i­lies are in the com­mu­nity.’’

He said most of the 70 work­ers lived in the dis­trict and Mata­mata.

It was the first time em­ploy­ees had gone into the school to teach about re­cy­cling but they’ve made ap­pear­ances in other parts of the dis­trict.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

Af­ter gain­ing ex­cel­lences in var­i­ous sub­jects, Mata­mata Col­lege ju­nior stu­dent Mikayla Reid, 13, and se­nior stu­dent Alana Wil­liams, 15, had their names drawn out in a pro­mo­tion the school runs called Achieve­ment and Cel­e­brat­ing Ex­cel­lence (ACE). They won a tablet and key­board and a lap­top re­spec­tively which are spon­sored by Mata­mata Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices, rep­re­sented by Su­san Mur­ray.

Photo: CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Danni Steiner, front, proudly shows her art­work dis­played on a Ti­rau re­cy­cling bin thanks to Fon­terra’s Ch­eryl Smith, back left, Jean Bar­low, Bruce Were and South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil ser­vices man­ager An­drew Pas­coe.

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