Pic comp winners
Two schools and a canoe club have won a $370 GoPro camera each after winning in a Seaweek photographic contest run by the Northland Regional Council.
Councillor Joce Yeoman says the contest was one of a variety of events held to mark Seaweek 2017 under the council’s regional Enviroschools programme and CoastCare Northland.
More than 3000 people took part in more than 50 Northlandwide beach clean-ups organised by the council, which also ran a photo contest with prizes funded by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education.
Whananaki School won best close up shot with ’He rau ringa e oti ai – Many hands make light work’; best scenic image to Matihetihe School for ‘When you visit Mitimiti Beach – just leave your footprints’ while the Northland Canoe Club secured the group category for a photo on Whangarei Harbour’s Rabbit Island it captioned ‘Great expectations’.
‘‘Not only were the images amazing, the work done by the staff and students of all the schools involved during Seaweek was significant; it’s a fabulous way for students to understand just how much rubbish ends up in our coastal environment while cleaning up our iconic beaches,’’ Cr Yeoman says.