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The launch of the Aparima
Community Environment (ACE)
project isn't your run-of-the-mill
farming catchment group.
As Pourakino Catchment
governance group representative
Leon Black put it, "it's like a little
catchment on steroids".
Next Tuesday will kick off
its attempt to collectively help
the some-640 farmers in the
Aparima River catchment to
prepare for upcoming regulatory
changes through individual farm
The aim is to get each farmer
set up with a plan over the next two
years, and the project will effectively
cover an area spanning more than
groups are growing in Southland.
There are currently 17 in the
province and they traditionally
had the aim of bringing together
farmers in an area of interest to
discuss better practices, hold field
days, and look at ways to improve
waterways and water quality for
their neck of the woods.
What made ACE different was its
scale and objectives.
It covered six individual
catchment groups from the top
of the Aparima River to where
it met the sea. Together they'd
bring the best data, research and
development about best practices
in farming to make it easier for each
farm to get prepared for regulatory
changes to come, Mr Black said.
"Although you're doing it as
individual landowner, when you're
working in groups you have a
collective effort. There's a very good
network of sharing knowledge. And
also, and this is what's important
about the scale of this project,
it gives us the ability to leverage
project to launch
An ambitious, farmer-
led project to collectively
front foot oncoming
regulatory changes is set
to launch next week.
Organised by Danny Owen,
also known as Deow, the South
Sea Spray Festival was launched
in Riverton where eight prolific
artists from around New Zealand
exhibited their fine art works at
the Vault Gallery, and created
murals on the sides of community
buildings. Mr Owen created
an original artwork installation
alongside Hayley King (known as
‘Flox’), Elliot O’Donnell (‘Askew’),
Erika Pearce, Jacob Yikes (‘Yikes’),
Kelly Spencer (‘Sunshine’), Nick
Tam (‘Ikarus DTR’), and Ross Liew
Mr Owen said it had been a
really good week, with the artists
having wonderful support from the
Riverton community. "Feedback
is absolutely phenomenal, people
are loving it. The best thing is the
artists have come down here."
Mr Owen said the artists had
been commissioning art and
attending festivals for many years.
"This is what they do... They've
said that South Sea Spray is one
of the best they've been to. I put
it down to me having my shit
together and making it happen."
Mr Owen said being an artist
and creator himself helped make
the whole event easier for the
other artists. Another part of what
made the event a huge success
was the community getting behind
each of the artists, with children
cheering them on and people
stopping by with food, he said.
Good sponsors have also
helped boost the endeavour, he
Riverton resplendent in street art
Erika Pearce was named the People’s Choice winner from the South Sea Spray festival.
PHOTO: James Jubb
The inaugural South
Sea Spray festival in
Riverton has proven
so popular with artists
and public alike that it
will become an annual
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By Claire Kaplan
6 DECEMBER, 2018
The official reopening of the historic Percy Burn viaduct has been
accompanied by renewed calls for the Hump Ridge Track, which
passes over it, to be designated a Great Walk.
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