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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday June 23 2014
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, June 23, 2014 — 3 Start studying Business, IT, Administration, Tourism and Travel at MIT Manukau in July 122682-v3 An environment warrior By Farida Master iT WAS a last-minute entry, but it didn’t stop Pakuranga College student Michael Jessup from making it to the international win- ning post. When Michael was told he had won an international prize for his video on The Issue of Marine Lit- ter, it took a while for the good news to sink in. He couldn’t believe he had won an all-expenses paid trip to Cyprus. Michael says: “There were three hours left to the competition’s closing time when Robert Acton, of Blue Flag, a voluntary eco label awarded to beaches and marinas in 46 countries including New Zealand, sent an urgent email ask- ing if I could make sure our school registers for the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) and Wrigley Company Foundation’s Litter Less Campaign.” YRE is a worldwide network of youths engaged in environmen- tal journalism and education for sustainable development, co-ordi- nated by the Foundation for Envi- ronmental Education. Michael was informed at the 11th hour they needed four schools to enter from New Zealand in order to qualify. Only three had registered. Michael submitted a video he’d produced a year earlier for his English class. The Issue of Marine Litter was shot at Whangaparaoa Peninsula, where Michael had accompanied his parents to the family bach. The video shows how litter trav- els with the wind and rain into the storm water drains that have no filtration. It eventually finds its way into the ocean, where it’s tossed around in currents and collects in a swirl of garbage gyre. His short film raises awareness about the devastating problems of oceans getting trashed with rub- bish and the environmental dam- age to the ecological system. The competition received more than 155 international submissions and was open to students aged 11 to 21, to report back on environ- mental issues either in print, film or photography. The international winners were selected from entries from 22 countries by representatives of the United Nations (UN) Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organi- sation; UN environmental pro- gramme; European Environment Agency; International Institute for Industrial and Environmental Economics; Young Masters Pro- gramme; Associated Press; and the Foundation for Environmental Education. Michael’s winning video is not the first he has made that has had a strong impact. Turn All The Lights Off was another with a message that has been played at a number of Pakuranga College assemblies. The video aims to educate pupils about reducing school power consumption. As a member of the college’s environment Schoolgen group, Michael says it was his friend Clinton who got him to attend a programme developed by Genesis Energy to educate students about solar energy. He hasn’t looked back. Michael, who is also a member of the Environmental Executive Council of the college, says: “In 2010, I heard about plans to develop New Chums Beach (Wainuiototo), Coromandel, which is a pristine, untouched beach my family and I visit regularly. “I prepared a presentation for an assembly and launched a petition within Bucklands Beach Inter- mediate, opposing the develop- ment of Wainuiototo. The petition got around 250 signatures in the next week. The debate over New Chums Beach is still going, with no decision reached.” The year 12 student is now mak- ing a video on beach clean-ups, and also has a production in the pipeline targeting the litter prob- lem at the college. But for now, he can’t wait to attend the international workshop on the environment in Cyprus in September. EDUCATING PEERS: Pakuranga College student Michael Jessup is an international winner in this year’s Young Reporters for the Environment and Wrigley Company Foundation’s Litter Less Campaign, for his video on The Issue of Marine Litter. Times photo Wayne Martin Onus placed on skippers MIDDLE ground has been reached over a contentious draft bylaw making it mandatory to wear life jackets at all times when people head out to sea on a small boat. An Auckland Council hearings panel decision puts responsibility back on skippers, making it mandatory to wear life jackets on boats six metres or less, but allowing the captain to make the call when they can be removed. About 80 per cent of the 395 people who made submissions on the draft Navigation Safety Bylaw raised concerns about making it mandatory for people to wear life jackets, many from the boating community who found the proposal too restrictive. Coastguard Northern Region acknowledges that wearing life jackets is fundamental to safe boating. “We have in the past and will continue to focus on supporting the promotion of boating education as a fundamental component of being safe on the water,” it says. The hearings panel recommendations, it says, “underlines Coastguard’s historical and ongoing view that it’s the skipper’s responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of every person on board the vessel”. But, Coastguard says it recognises that on smaller vessels there may be heightened risks in which case life jackets should be worn. Other recommendations include developing an integrated education programme to run in conjunction with implementing the bylaw. The hearings panel also says a letter should be sent to the Minister of Transport requesting an urgent amendment to the Transport Act, to make it an offence for a person to “be in charge of a recreational vessel while under the influence of alcohol or a drug, or both, to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the vessel”.
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