Shed’s bio­di­ver­sity

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

Look for the vi­brant mu­ral at Hawke’s Bay Show­grounds and find out more about bio­di­ver­sity in­side the Na­ture Shed dur­ing the Royal A&P Show.

The mu­ral on the Na­ture Shed, for­merly the home of the Ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion So­ci­ety, has been cre­ated by Hawke’s Bay artist Cin­zah Merkens.

Ti­tled Te Kaiti­aki the mu­ral fea­tures na­tive crea­tures — a tuna (eel), a ruru (more­pork, na­tive owl), a tu¯ ı¯ and puriri moth. Cin­zah has also been in­volved in the or­gan­i­sa­tion and paint­ing of the Sea Walls: Artists for Ocean mu­rals across Napier.

In­side the Na­ture Shed, a small, in­ter­est­ing world will un­fold dur­ing Show Week show­ing the bio­di­ver­sity value of farm­land with the theme — Ko tu¯ koe, ko rongo koe, farm­ing with na­ture.

The dis­play shows a model farm­land and high­lights ways to en­hance both bio­di­ver­sity and pro­duc­tiv­ity in our ru­ral land­scape. Many species can thrive on farm­land given the right con­di­tions and the Na­ture Shed has in­for­ma­tion on prac­ti­cal ways farm­ers and com­mu­ni­ties can help bio­di­ver­sity flour­ish in their area.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing lots of peo­ple visit the Na­ture Shed and find out how they can help with pro­tec­tion of our na­tive crea­tures and their habi­tats as we’ve lost so much al­ready in Hawke’s Bay,” says Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil bio­di­ver­sity ad­vi­sor Natalie de Burgh.

“We will also have some fun ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, in­clud­ing hold­ing we¯ ta¯ , watch­ing geckos, eels and ko¯ aro, trig­ger­ing a trap, wa­ter qual­ity test­ing and sift­ing through leaf lit­ter to find out what likes liv­ing there. And please take a photo of your­self pat­ting one of the mu­ral crea­tures for a fun way to share a bio­di­ver­sity mes­sage.”

The Na­ture Shed is a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort by 15 dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing to en­hance bio­di­ver­sity in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Bio­di­ver­sity Hawke’s Bay. Hawke’s Bay A&P So­ci­ety gen­eral man­ager Sally Jack­son says the trans­for­ma­tion is rad­i­cal.

“The Hawke’s Bay A&P So­ci­ety works hard to cham­pion the pri­mary in­dus­try, and work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with this group of or­gan­i­sa­tions has been up­lift­ing and in­cred­i­bly ef­fec­tive”.

Fresh na­tive plant­ings and a board­walk are also new ad­di­tions around the shed, ex­tend­ing the na­tive plant­ing by Ma­hora school chil­dren be­hind the shed.

■ Hawke’s Bay Show Week, Oc­to­ber 17 — 19.

A tu¯ ¯ı fea­tures on the front of the Na­ture Shed with Sally Jack­son, Cin­zah Merkens and Natalie de Burgh.

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