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Residents had to remember that real people were sorting the recycling
by hand and they didn't deserve the conditions they were being
subjected to, Miss Peterson said.
From this week Wastenet was embarking on an education campaign
(see pages 8 and 9) to better inform people about what happened to
their recycling once it left their roadside. However, it also hasn't ruled
out auditing individual rubbish bins. Those with unacceptable material
in their bins would find their bins would not be collected and would be
left a note explaining why. Miss Peterson said she would appreciate
hearing from locals in the Te Anau, Winton or Riverton areas who would
be interesting in volunteering their time to assist with random bin
checks if the situation didn't improve.
The important thing to remember was that the vast majority of people
were using the service appropriately and the amount of rubbish being
successfully diverted away from landfill was hugely encouraging.
"We are really grateful that people are wanting to recycle," she said.
"Our biggest concern at the moment is to get people to do the right
Just a sample of some of the inappropriate material that has been turning
up at the Southland Enterprises recycling centre from wheelie bin collections
Rubbish recycling habits revealed
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An Oamaru mother whose teenage
son committed suicide as a
result of text bullying will share
her experience with the Te Anau
community in a couple of weeks.
Helen Algar, is one of the
presenters at a cyber bullying
programme funded by the
Southern Primary Health
Organisation and being run by the
Te Anau Youth Worker Trust on
July 12, targeting not just students
and their parents but the whole
Trust chairman Karl Lamb said
Ms Algar and her co-presenter
Sharleen Stirling represented
Gazump, an organisation set
up to educate people about the
dangers of cyber bullying and arm
youngsters and their parents with
the skills to deal with it and other
online threats. Also travelling to Te
Anau to take part in the initiative
are members of the police
electronic crime lab.
The project would have a three-
pronged approach. The first was
to reach students directly with
hard-hitting, true accounts of the
most tragic consequences of cyber
bullying followed by lessons in how
to use the technology safely. The
second was a public evening, open
to anyone, to learn about the safe
and lawful use of computers and
cellphones with a raft of resource
material, supplied by NetSafe,
available to take home. The final
stage -- the details for which
were still being confirmed -- was
a follow-up workshop, aimed at
anyone who wanted to learn basic
skills such as maintaining privacy
settings, tracking internet history
and following what their kids had
been doing online.
Mr Lamb said Te Anau was not
immune to use and abuse of
digital technology in its many
forms. It offered an avenue --
often out of the view of parents
-- for youngsters to get into
trouble whether intentionally or
unintentionally. A recent example
in Fiordland was an unsupervised
teen party in an unoccupied crib
where alcohol was consumed.
Word had been spread by text
message without detection by
Cyber bullying was an ongoing
issue worldwide and Te Anau's
remote location did not isolate it,
"It's been a big issue."
It was hoped that as many
parents, grandparents and
caregivers as possible would come
along to the public presentation
but Mr Karl said even those
without children would gain
"The police have said they have
some hard-hiting stories."
Youth worker Dale Wairau said
this was an important and
unique opportunity for the whole
community to work together.
"Every parent, at some point along
the way, is going to get some
pressure about this technology
and if they're not up with the
Mr Lamb agreed. In the past
bullying was done face-to-face.
That was no longer the case and
internet and text bullying could be
far more corrosive. By way of the
example, the last text message
that Ms Algar's 16-year-old son
Daniel received before taking
his own life was at 4am. His
cellphone subsequently revealed
to his distraught and grieving
family a relentless string of abuse
he'd been receiving constantly
throughout the night.
"We need to really get up-skilled
as parents and grandparents and
caregivers to help our kids through
this," Mr Lamb said.
"We shouldn't be scared of (the
technology) but at the same
time we should be scared of the
dangers of it."
The public meeting will be held at
the Te Anau Club from 7pm until
9pm on July 12.
Cyber bullying targeted
Shayne Mercer is the new
president of the Rotary Club of
Mr Mercer, a Rotarian for 15
years, succeeds Lyndon Moffitt
who during his term in office
spearheaded the beginning
of the roadside clean-up and
beautification of the highway
entrance to Te Anau.
The project will be ongoing under
the guidance of Mr Moffitt.
Publicity officer Glenda Chalmers
said support given to this work
had been most generous and
appreciated. To date, $12,000 has
been spent on the venture.
Meanwhile the club had continued
to support a range of local youth
and youth projects including
the ongoing Literacy Project
for newborns and 3-year-olds
($5100), an annual trade grant
($2500) and support for projects
and students at Fiordland College,
Te Anau, Mararoa, Blackmount
and Mossburn Schools and Te
Anau Scouts ($7750).
Nationally, Fiordland Rotarians
have supported the Christchurch
Earthquake Fund ($3000)
and internationally the polio
eradication programme ($1500)
and ShelterBoxes ($3000).
Numerous other organisations and
individuals have benefitted to the
combined tune of $17,000.
Chains of office handed over at Fiordland Rotary
Fiordland Rotary Club outgoing
president Lyndon Moffatt handing
over the chains of office to Shayne
Mercer who will lead the group in the
Oops... Any readers following
our published recipe for Jan
Bilton's café kiwifruit cake
with cream cheese icing may
have been misled by an error
made during our editing. The
recipe, in the June 16 edition,
listed 25g of butter among the
ingredients. This should have
read 125g of butter.
We apologise to anyone whose
baking failed because of this.
However, we can assure you
that, with the correct quantities
of ingredients, it's delicious.
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