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Kids dig in for environment
Plant it: Pukerau Primary School pupils, from left, Austyn Turnbull, 5, and David Casey, 9, planting tussocks last Friday as
part of the Enviroschools Programme.
Photo: TERRI RUSSELL / FAIRFAXNZ
Pukerau Primary School is leading the way with its environmental work, reports Terri Russell
An environment-minded South-
land school is taking its hard
work out of school grounds and
into the wider community.
Pukerau Primary School is in its
second year of planting tussocks
in the Pukerau Red Tussock
Reserve in a bid to take home a
gold award as part of the regional
council's Enviroschools Pro-
More than 50 children, parents
and volunteers of the school got
their hands dirty planting about
200 tussocks last Friday.
Pukerau Primary School princi-
pal Colleen Watt said planting
tussocks was about taking the
children's environmental work
outside of the school area and in
to the community.
''We've done so much school-
wide... we have to think about
what else we can do,'' she said.
The school has a tunnel house,
native area, worm farm and a zero
tolerance to rubbish.
As part of the programme, which
the school has been a part of for
about six years, they won a silver
award and hoped to works
towards a gold award soon, she
Department of Conservation
biodiversity ranger Ros Cole said
it was important to plant tussocks
in the reserve after they had been
destroyed by the nesting of black-
''It's one of the largest areas of red
tussock left in the Gore ecological
area,'' she said.
''We're trying to get it all back
into tussock, to restore it to its
Pukerau Nursery owner Arne
Cleland supplies the tussock seed
to the school and said the planting
day encouraged children to care
about the environment.
The school won $500 and the
prestigious Hovell Environmental
Planning Contribution to the
Environment at last month's Gore
Community Awards, which
funded this year's planting.
''The great thing for me is to come
here and see it's really a
community activity,'' Hovell
Environmental Planning manag-
ing director Keith Hovell said.
By ELYSIA TILBROOK
Fears water restrictions
might have to be imposed
early have been alleviated
after recent rainfall.
Gore District Council senior
operating officer Ross Hasle-
more said in September that
because of low winter rain-
fall the Mataura River was
relatively low, and was
affecting the aquifers that
feed the urban supply wells.
He said if the situation
continued, the council might
have to impose the usual
summer water restrictions
Council general manager of
district assets Paul Withers
said wells were now at
''acceptable levels'' and at
this stage there was no fixed
time for when restrictions
would come into effect.
He said the river had good
flow and had recharged the
aquifers, filling Jacobstown
and Coopers wells.
When the restrictions come
into affect depends on how
much water is used in
''There is an increase in
water usage on dryer days, so
people need to use water
efficiently,'' Mr Wither said.
''This rain is topping every-
thing up and reducing
demand for water on gar-
The council will continue to
monitor water levels and
issue restrictions when re-
quired, Mr Wither said.
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