Nuts for Nature

Porirua City News | 8 June 2005

 
Porirua City News, 8 June 2005: Nuts for Nature

Nuts for Nature: Tipene Wiparatu (9), Nikita Pereira (10) and Juliana Alosio (10) are pictured at the spot which students make sure they keep clean and green each year.

Photo: Simon Haxton

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Glenview School in Cannons Creek has students who are pretty cool when it comes to conservation.

Tipene Wiparatu (9), Nikita Pereira (10) and Juliana Alosio (10) are pictured at the spot which students make sure they keep clean and green each year.

As part of Keep Porirua Beautiful's Adopt-a-Spot programme all Glenview students take part in the planting of 100 plants each year and ensuring the area is kept free from rubbish.

Glenview principal Pauline Thomas says the children, who have been taking part in the Adopt-a-Spot programme for the last three years, love watching their plants grow.  "It gives them a connection with that site so they keep an eye on it.  They become quite possessive of it and quite protective."

Keep Porirua Beautiful co-ordinator John Poppleton says it's great to see the kids taking ownership of their own spot.

"My view is that in Porirua itself we have a lot of great areas and what I would like to see is people feeling passionate about their area so they can look after it."

In Porirua, Maraeroa School, Cannons Creek School, Windley School and Russell School also take part in the Adopt-a-Spot programme.

Each school involved in the programme is gifted a carved marker pole for their designated area.

The Adopt-a-Spot programme is open to schools, individuals or groups wishing to take care of a spot in Porirua City.

People interested in finding out more about the programme should call Mr Poppleton on 237 1464.