Students sign on

Often teens get a bad wrap, receiving criticism for being self absorbed, “grunty” and lazy. However, a number of Waiuku College students have been applying their artistic skills in support of keeping our beaches beautiful.

At their annual week long camp held last month on the Awhitu Peninsula, the year 10 students led by teacher Jane Patterson, put word power into paint to create numerous eye catching sign boards. The messages the sign boards carried, all conveyed a consistent theme—look after our beaches and wildlife.

Beachcare Awhitu have been given the colourful sign boards to assist with their mission of informing and educating beach users. Anna McNaughton from the beachcare group says with summer coming up, the sign boards will be a huge help. “Our coastal areas need extra care over the summer months. The New Zealand Dotterel is particularly endangered, with nesting areas threatened not only by the natural events of high tides and storms, but also from four legged predators and two legged ‘accidental invaders’.”

Meetings were held earlier in spring to assess interest in forming a beachcare group for the area. The response was excellent with plenty of enthusiastic locals keen to do their bit. If you would like to get involved with Beachcare Awhitu, head to their Facebook page.

Students hope their bright sign boards will catch the eye of two legged “accidental invaders” this summer.


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