Bay hosts En­vi­roschools hui

The Northland Age - - Local News -

About 50 peo­ple from across the coun­try have gath­ered in Kerik­eri this week for the coun­try’s first En­vi­roschools WaiRestora­tion na­tional hui.

WaiRestora­tion fo­cuses on en­gag­ing young peo­ple and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to take ac­tion to re­store lo­cal wa­ter­ways and bio­di­ver­sity. Ini­tially con­ceived by mem­bers of the North­land Re­gional Coun­cil’s (NRC) En­vi­roschools’ team in 2013, the pro­ject has been de­vel­op­ing con­stantly since then.

Coun­cil­lor Joce Yeo­man said the three­day hui — a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween the NRC and En­vi­roschools’ na­tional body Toimata Foun­da­tion — was de­signed to in­spire and teach other re­gions want­ing to im­ple­ment the En­vi­roschools WaiRestora­tion pro­ject.

Coun­cil­lor Yeo­man, whose Coastal North con­stituency in­cludes the Kerik­eri area, said par­tic­i­pants at the hui, which ended yes­ter­day, learned more about the pro­ject, in­clud­ing its ben­e­fits, chal­lenges, roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly proud as a re­gional coun­cil­lor that our En­vi­roschools team has de­vel­oped the WaiRestora­tion pro­gramme and is able to now share it with oth­ers from around the coun­try,” she said.

“The pro­gramme aligns with coun­cil’s core val­ues, pro­mot­ing fenc­ing of wa­ter­ways, ri­par­ian and wet­land plant­ing, im­proved bio­di­ver­sity and pest man­age­ment, all of which are key to our work and our pro­posed Long Term Plan 2018.”

A num­ber of lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, tan­gata whenua, stu­dents and teach­ers, farm­ers, landown­ers and oth­ers at­tended the hui, pass­ing on their WaiRestora­tion ex­pe­ri­ences to par­tic­i­pants, who came from as far afield as Otago.

Par­tic­i­pants also re­ceived a book­let out­lin­ing En­vi­roschools WaiRestora­tion and learned about the seven ele­ments at the heart of the pro­ject: ■ WaiFenc­ing — keep­ing stock out of wa­ter­ways. ■ WaiNurs­eries — grow­ing ri­par­ian plants. ■ WaiPlant­ing — wa­ter­ways. ■ WaiMain­te­nance — keep­ing out plant and an­i­mal pests. ■ WaiMon­i­tor­ing — test­ing and track­ing wa­ter qual­ity. ■ WaiEn­ter­prise — cre­at­ing sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment. ■ Save a Species — restor­ing en­dan­gered plants and an­i­mals.



DEMO: En­vi­roschools Can­ter­bury’s Matt San­ford checks out a fenc­ing demon­stra­tion by Land­corp Kapiro Sta­tion fencer Mike Sun­nex as part of a three-day na­tional WaiRestora­tion hui at Kerik­eri. Re­gional coun­cil­lor Joce Yeo­man — whose fa­ther taught her to fence as a child — watches.

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