Hands-on forum a blast for two aspiring enviromental leaders

Anna and Georgia joined more than 50 Year 11 to 13 students from New Zealand and other Pacific nations for environmental leaders' forum.

Anna and Georgia joined more than 50 Year 11 to 13 students from New Zealand and other Pacific nations for environmental leaders' forum.

STOAT TRAP: Georgia Watson and Anna Spring with a stoat trap at Brook Waimarama Bird Sanctuary in Nelson. Pictures by Neil Mackenzie
PREDATOR-PROOF FENCE: Georgia Watson and Anna Spring also helped to construct a predator-proof fence at Brook Waimarama Bird Sanctuary in Nelson.

NEW friendships were forged and career goals set as two Gisborne students participated in the Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum in Nelson last week.

Anna Spring, 15, from Campion College, and Georgia Watson, 17, from Lytton High School, took part in workshops on leadership, pest eradication, biodiversity and ocean health, and went on field trips to places such as Abel Tasman National Park and the Brook Waimarama Bird Sanctuary.

Snorkelling at a marine reserve by Cable Bay was the highlight of the trip for Anna.

“We saw a stingray swim right past us,” she said.

There were more than 50 Year 11 to 13 students from New Zealand and other Pacific nations at the event.

“I met heaps of new people, some whom I think could become life-long friends.”

They helped build a predator-proof fence, and set up tracking tunnels at Brook Waimarama Bird Sanctuary to see what pests were there.

Learning about ocean acidification at the Cawthron Institue was an inspiration for Anna who is organising a clean-up of the Taruheru River next term.

“It really got me going,” she said. “They also talked about some of the problems rivers face, such as pollution from junk people leave around.”

Georgia also gained some inspiration for environmental projects at her school.

“It was such an eye-opening experience.”

She hopes to set up an enviro youth group, get behind recycling and rubbish-collecting efforts, spur on tree plantings and maybe start a garden.

Visiting the Abel Tasman National Park was a memorable part of the trip.

“We learnt about pest-control efforts, and did activities on the different species and plants there.”

It helped her realise she wants to pursue a career in environmental protection and education.

“I want to help protect the environment and help people change to be a part of that as well.”

Both of the girls plan to apply for Young Blake Expeditions to the Kermadec Islands and the Auckland Islands.

NEW friendships were forged and career goals set as two Gisborne students participated in the Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum in Nelson last week.

Anna Spring, 15, from Campion College, and Georgia Watson, 17, from Lytton High School, took part in workshops on leadership, pest eradication, biodiversity and ocean health, and went on field trips to places such as Abel Tasman National Park and the Brook Waimarama Bird Sanctuary.

Snorkelling at a marine reserve by Cable Bay was the highlight of the trip for Anna.

“We saw a stingray swim right past us,” she said.

There were more than 50 Year 11 to 13 students from New Zealand and other Pacific nations at the event.

“I met heaps of new people, some whom I think could become life-long friends.”

They helped build a predator-proof fence, and set up tracking tunnels at Brook Waimarama Bird Sanctuary to see what pests were there.

Learning about ocean acidification at the Cawthron Institue was an inspiration for Anna who is organising a clean-up of the Taruheru River next term.

“It really got me going,” she said. “They also talked about some of the problems rivers face, such as pollution from junk people leave around.”

Georgia also gained some inspiration for environmental projects at her school.

“It was such an eye-opening experience.”

She hopes to set up an enviro youth group, get behind recycling and rubbish-collecting efforts, spur on tree plantings and maybe start a garden.

Visiting the Abel Tasman National Park was a memorable part of the trip.

“We learnt about pest-control efforts, and did activities on the different species and plants there.”

It helped her realise she wants to pursue a career in environmental protection and education.

“I want to help protect the environment and help people change to be a part of that as well.”

Both of the girls plan to apply for Young Blake Expeditions to the Kermadec Islands and the Auckland Islands.

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