First eco fun day

This week­end, Up­per Har­bour has its first eco-themed fam­ily day.

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT -

Learn­ing about plants, how to re­duce waste and what hap­pens to storm wa­ter are just some of the fun ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer at a fam­ily fun day in Up­per Har­bour.

The Up­per Har­bour Eco Fun Day is a day of games and ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to help res­i­dents learn more about sustainability and the restora­tion projects in the area.

Kaipatiki Project restora­tion man­ager Derek Craig will be run­ning two tours of the Kaipatiki nurs­ery and around the Hob­sonville Point area.

As part of the North­West Wildlink, he says the or­gan­i­sa­tion is try­ing to re­plant the area as it’s re­mained largely bare for more than a cen­tury.

In or­der to bring birds back, many dif­fer­ent types of plants are needed, Craig said.

‘‘When you’re look­ing at two air­fields and farm­land, where’s the for­est for the birds to fly in, where’s the for­est for the in­sects and lizards to live in?

‘‘So that lit­tle coastal strip is re­ally, re­ally im­por­tant.’’

The day will also in­clude an on­line chal­lenge for fam­i­lies to learn about sustainability, a game to learn about drains, and the Com­post Col­lect­ing will on­site be teach­ing dif­fer­ent meth­ods of com­post­ing.

A sus­tain­able mar­ket and snacks will also be avail­able.

The Up­per Har­bour Eco Fun Day is or­gan­ised by Kaipatiki Project, HLC, Up­per Har­bour Ecol­ogy Net­work, Good Health, Up­per Har­bour Local Board and the Hob­sonville Com­mu­nity Trust.

It is at the Ri­fle Range, Catalina Bay Drive on Oc­to­ber 14, 10am-2pm.

See­day for more. The Sal­va­tion Army Al­bany Bays Corps, 90 Rosedale Rd, Al­bany, 7pm-9pm. Tick­ets $40.


Kaipatiki Project nurs­ery at Hob­sonville Point re­lies on the work of vol­un­teers.

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