Kelston Girls College is getting rid of fizzy drinks in school and promoting water first this year. School nurse Pat Hutchinson was successful in negotiating a change with their vending machine provider to increase the amount water in the machines. They agreed to limit the number of other drinks to only one row. Prior to the change, most drinks available contained sugar.
FREE CAT DESEXING
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is running a free cat desexing and microchipping campaign in Auckland from March 5 to March 16 in 12 suburbs, including Avondale and Henderson. The service is also being conducted at Mt Roskill, Mt Wellington, New Lynn and Onehunga. Contact 09 256 7310 for more information.
A 10-year-old boy who reeled in a monster 125 kilogram marlin now holds the national record for biggest marlin caught on a line no heavier than 15kg, in the small fry division for under 11s. Marshall Jackson, who featured in Western Leader’s February 15 edition, spent nearly three hours hauling the fish in near Piha on February 5.
CHINESE LEGAL ADVICE
An official Chinese version of the MyAdvice.Legal was launched in October to meet demand from new migrants who could not speak English. Mai Chen, founder of MyAdvice.Legal, said they wanted to respond to the country’s growing number of Chinese new migrants. MyAdvice.Legal was an online marketplace that matched clients with legal problems with lawyers that had expertise in relevant areas of the law.
HOUSE OF SCIENCE
West Auckland primary and intermediate schools can now access House of Science. Branch manager Jess Singh said they aimed to make science accessible for all by providing teachers with equipment and knowledge to deliver hands-on, exciting science experiences for their classes. The science kits saved teachers preparation time and allowed them to access equipment not available at their schools.