Keep­ing Taupo Green

Taupo Times - - OUT & ABOUT - TAMARA THORN

Kids pulled to­gether on Satur­day to help keep Taupo green by plant­ing new trees at Spa Park.

Kids Green­ing Taupo Co­or­di­na­tor Thea DePetris is work­ing along­side Green­ing Taupo co­or­di­na­tor Robyn El­lis to help keep Taupo clean and pest free.

DePetris said Taupo chil­dren and young peo­ple get a chance to ven­ture out­side and get ac­tive and dirty through restora­tion works like plant­ing trees, mulching and wa­ter­ing, re­mov­ing pest weeds, and trap­ping preda­tors like rats and stoats.

‘‘It gets school kids out there. It is con­nect­ing kids to na­ture and youth lead­er­ship op­por­tu­nity to drive youth con­ser­va­tion projects.’’

El­lis said ‘‘It’s great that this is run by the kids...and it is cool how all the kids have lit­tle jobs to do.’’

All par­tic­i­pat­ing schools nom­i­nate rep­re­sen­ta­tives who be­come part of the pro­gramme’s Stu­dent Lead­er­ship Team.

This team works to­gether with Taupo District Coun­cil on a largescale restora­tion project at Spa Park, as well as be­ing in the ‘driver’s seat’ of other lo­cal projects, with a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis to in­crease com­mu­nity aware­ness and par­tic­i­pa­tion.

‘‘It is nice to see the young lead­ers ris­ing and be­com­ing the next con­ser­va­tion lead­ers,’’ said DePetris.

TAMARA THORN/STUFF

Stu­dent lead­ers sup­port Kids Green­ing Taupo.

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