Bug Man will be crawl­ing into town


‘‘Teach­ing out­side is bet­ter than in­side.’’

Bug lovers pre­pare to ’bee’ ex­cited be­cause the ’Bug Man’ is crawl­ing into Taupo¯ .

Ruud Klein­paste [aka ‘The Bug­man’], is set to make an ap­pear­ance in Taupo¯ next week to help Kids Green­ing Taupo, stu­dents, teach­ers and their fam­i­lies, cel­e­brate their many en­vi­ron­men­tal achieve­ments.

Klein­paste is the guest speaker at the Great Lake Cen­tre on Tues­day evening [Novem­ber 7] where the Kids Green­ing Taupo¯ [KGT] stu­dent lead­er­ship team and others in­volved in a range of projects, will be ac­knowl­edged for their work.

Klein­paste will be speak­ing about the ‘‘bio­di­ver­sity of life and how in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant it is.’’

He said peo­ple have lost their way when it comes to bio­di­ver­sity and there is less green­ery around due to spray­ing and killing.

As part of his visit he will be go­ing to Green­ing Taupo¯af­fil­i­ated schools and teach­ing them that learn­ing can be done out­side us­ing na­ture.

‘‘Teach­ing out­side is bet­ter than in­side. Class­room things can be done out­side.’’

He said by walk­ing into a nat­u­ral bush area he can show stu­dents and teach­ers what to use in terms of learn­ing.

Klein­paste plans to meet with teach­ers and help pro­mote the val­ues of Kids Green­ing Taupo¯ with the aim of get­ting more schools en­gaged.

KGT Co­or­di­na­tor Thea DePetris said the work of Kids Green­ing Taupo¯ was vi­tal for the well-be­ing of young peo­ple and their com­mu­nity.

‘‘Our pilot pro­gramme has al­ready demon­strated how cool it is that a com­mu­nity of early child­hood and schools can col­lec­tively con­trib­ute to a shared en­vi­ron­men­tal vi­sion and achieve stuff, and we’re re­ally happy to have Ruud here to help us cel­e­brate this.’’

‘‘Be­ing in­volved in Kids Green­ing Taupo¯ is not a bunch of ex­tra work for teach­ers,’’ said DePetris.

‘‘We make it easy and there are heaps of cross-cur­ric­ula learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as the com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­men­tal as­pects of the pro­gramme.’’

Kids Green­ing Taupo¯ is un­der the um­brella of Green­ing Taupo¯ which works col­lab­o­ra­tively with the com­mu­nity to cre­ate a sus­tain­able fu­ture for the Taupo¯ en­vi­ron­ment and its fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come at the Kids Green­ing Taupo¯ evening on Thurs­day at 6.30pm. Con­tact thea@green­ing­taupo.org.nz to or­gan­ise.


Ruud Klein­paste vis­its Taupo¯ to share and in­spire lo­cals about bugs and na­ture. Ruud Klein­paste

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