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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday June 2 2014
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, June 2, 2014 --- 5 123240-v5 Custom-sized Kitchens AT JAG KITCHENS We specialise in custom-sized kitchens designed and built to a wide variety of budgets. From left, Jessica, Angela, Jenny, Caroline, and seated, Liz and Lesley. Jag Kitchens -- Inside Danske Mobler, Botany Town Centre. Open 7 days. Ph 271 3131. www.jagkitchens.co.nz By MARIANNE KELLY HUNDREDS, if not thousands, of young people have had a hand in supporting a popular estuarine reserve with their plant- ing skills that are about to go into action again. Last week, the native tree-rais- ing unit at Somerville Intermediate School was emptied in readiness for plantings at Mangemangeroa Reserve, across from the school in Somerville Road, Howick. The collection includes speci- mens of taraire, kowhai, titoki, pigeon wood, kahikatea, along with pioneer manuka. Somerville students have been involved in the plantings since the school opened 18 years ago, encouraged by Friends of Man- gemangeroa (FOM) stalwart Jim Duckworth, who oversees propa- gation of eco-sourced seeds from the reserve. About eight years ago, the school established its propagation unit and has since contributed up to 1900 plants a season, depending on the species being grown. It’s now the largest supplier of plants among local schools provid- ing for the programme. Somerville Intermediate princi- pal David Ellery says it’s “amazing” to see the areas where plantings started, how they’ve grown and become established. “It’s a fantastic exercise and ongoing. Hundreds, if not thou- sands, of students have had a hand in supporting the reserve over the last 18 years.” He’s also enthused about the involvement of international stu- dents from sister schools who are encouraged to be involved. “It gives them memories for when they go back to their own countries. “It’s a new experience for kids from Japan and Korea to have the opportunity to be in another country and plant native trees in a reserve.” Deputy-principal Yolande Franke, who heads the school’s Environment Group, says many of the visiting pupils write messages on stakes holding trees they plant. “So when Japanese visitors come to the reserve, they are able to read those,” she says. Activities, such as pricking (thinning) out seedlings in the propagation house are timed to link with current studies, and up to 120 students can be involved at any one time. The unit is overseen by the school’s groundsman Lloyd Watson, who teaches the stu- dents pricking out techniques and how to identify the native plants. The propagation programme, Ms Franke says, is designed to link with education in the school. “The students are learning about native plants and how to identify them. It’s a really valuable learn- ing experience. “We value the reserve and take the students there, often using it for refection, a quiet place to focus and learn. “It’s also good for gifted and tal- ented students, while the science teachers use the bush and estu- ary setting as a context for their classes. “We have a real connection with the reserve. “It’s good being able to show students how well-established their plantings have become. “Children love to see the fruit of their labour. It’s a tangible expe- rience and connection,” says Ms Franke. “They can come back and after a few years enjoy the work that has been done, while others are also enjoying it.” Mr Ellery welcomes moves to establish an environmental educa- tion centre on the reserve. “An education centre will be a tremendous asset to the area,” he says. “There is so much to offer from an environmental and science aspect. It will be of huge beneft for kids in the area.” Bucklands Beach Intermediate School and Elim Christian Col- lege students will do an Arbor Day planting at Mangemangeroa Reserve on June 5. Members of the public are invited to help with the FOM, Rotary and Pakuranga Chinese Association planting at the reserve on June 14. Meet at the barn in the Somer- ville Road car park at 9am. Bring friends and family, plant- ing tools to dig with, and drinking water. Phone Jim Duckworth on 534- 7851 for more information. Enhancing environment FAREWELL TO PLANTS: At the Somerville Intermediate School native tree-raising unit, from left: Lloyd Watson, propagation unit supervisor and groundsman; Graeme Faller (FOM); student Matthew Hawkins; Gavin Green (FOM); pupil Timothy Cloves; Jim Duckworth (FOM); student Gabriel Brougham; and James Lee (FOM). Times photo Wayne Martin Crash halts motor way A WOMAN drove on the wrong side of the motorway for about fve kilometres before crashing head-on into another vehicle shortly after midnight last Friday. The female motorist’s Nissan car collided with the other vehicle while travelling along the Southern Motorway at about 12.40am. The woman in the Nissan car entered the motorway at Mt Wellington and began heading south in a northbound lane. Police say she swerved past a number of vehicles before crashing into a northbound car driven by a woman near the East Tamaki on-ramp. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. The two female drivers were their vehicles’ sole occupants and both suffered critical injuries. They were taken by St John Ambulance paramedics to Middlemore Hospital for medical treatment. A section of the motorway was closed while emergency services dealt with the crash before being reopened at about 4am. Senior constable Karl Bevin, of Waitemata Police’s serious crash investigation unit, says: “We’re hoping to speak with anyone who may have seen a gold-coloured Nissan vehicle heading toward the Mt Wellington northbound off-ramp at about 12.30am last Friday.” People with information on the crash can phone Waitemata Police’s serious crash investigation unit on 481-0773. Meanwhile, police, St John Ambulance paramedics and frefghters were called to Kawakawa Bay when a motor vehicle collided with a power pole and rolled shortly before 7am last Friday. Fire Service spokesman Michael Upton says the Kawakawa Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade was frst on the scene. It was assisted at the incident in Clevedon-Kawakawa Road by frefghters from the Orere Point Volunteer Rural Fire Force and the Papakura fre station. One occupant of the vehicle that hit the power pole is understood to have sustained minor injuries.
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