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Twelve Fiordland College students
travelled to Auckland last weekend
as part of an Air New Zealand-
sponsored Kids Restore New
Last November the school
launched the Kepler Backyard
Birdsong Project, receiving
significant financial support from
Kids Restore, an offshoot of the
Air NZ Environmental Trust.
Part of the agreement involved
funding to send one student
to Melbourne to attend an
environmental conference, and 12
to Auckland to meet with Air NZ
staff and learn more about other
Kids Restore projects.
Teacher Vaughn Filmer said the
students, from Year 9 to 11, who
were selected to go on the trip,
from April 2 to 5, had stood out
as leaders in the launch of their
school’s project last year.
One of these students, Don
Sinclair, travelled to Melbourne
a few weeks ago after being
selected based on an essay he’d
written. He said it was “really
awesome” to be chosen out of a
number of students who had also
shown an interest in the trip.
Don attended “Education Day”
on his trip along with 400 other
students from around Australia.
The day was based around
environmentalist David Suzuki’s
new film ‘A Force of Nature’ which
Don said he found really eye-
He was also one of 12 who
participated in a class with Mr
Suzuki writing speeches about
environmental topics which they
later presented to the rest of the
“It was a really good experience
getting to talk to him and deliver
the speech,” Don said.
The Kepler project is about taking
pests out and bringing native birds
back to the area.
The school wants to become a
centre of environmental excellence
and to make the most of its
“If we’ve got this awesome
place to live, we may as well do
something with it,” Don said.
Global look at the environment
Fiordland College student Don
Sinclair who represented the school in
Melbourne and again last weekend in
Auckland as part of the Kids Restore
the Kepler project.
PHOTO: Linda Jane Keegan
By Linda Jane Keegan
The Ohai Nightcaps Lions Club
is giving $2500 to the Takitimu
District Pool from the profits made
at the annual Gowan Hill Classic
Mountain Bike ride held on March
The Ohai Nightcaps Lions Club
Charitable Trust project secretary
Bill Mather said the profits from
the Gowan Hill race would be
given to the swimming pool in
Ohai for ongoing maintenance.
The event made just under
$3000 net profit. A portion of that
would be donated to the Ohai
Co-responder Unit which provided
medical assistance during the
race, he said.
Takitimu District Pool Committee
member Jenny Levett said the
Takitimu District Pool did not
make any money – certainly not
through the door – so they always
The swimming pool was built in
the early 1960’s. Every second
or third year the bottom of the
swimming pool needed to be
“Everything is old,” she said.
“Maintenance is enormous.”
Sixty children participated in
swimming club lessons so the
swimming pool was well used, Mrs
The Takitimu swimming pool hired
a pool attendant for two hours,
three days a week. This was the
only paid position.
The pool committee relied on the
community to assist in the running
of the swimming pool.
A feasibility study was conducted
recently and the building of a
new swimming pool was not
considered, Mrs Levett said.
The Takitimu District Pool is
covered and heated to a constant
temperature of 28degC.
“It is a great pool for kids to learn
to swim in,” she said.
Previous Ohai Nightcaps Lions
Club projects have included
developing children’s playgrounds
and picnic areas.
Bike race profits pooled for Ohai
By Petrina Wright
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