Planting coprosma to provide shelter for little blue
penguins at Pilots Beach yesterday are St Clair School
pupils (clockwise, from left) Eliza Stevenson (10), Olivia
Pearce (10), Jodie-Anne Hyatt (10), Kaiya Casswell (10) and
Charlotte Underwood-Nicol (10). Photo by Linda Robertson.
Dunedin primary school pupils learned about the birds and
the trees yesterday.
Two classrooms of St Clair School pupils spent the day
planting native habitat at Pukekura Reserve, Pilots Beach, to
provide shelter for nesting little blue penguins.
The 58 pupils planted native coprosma and pikao to stabilise
the sand dune area where an estimated 160 pairs of penguins
''It's great for the kids. It gets them involved in their
heritage,'' Royal Albatross Centre guide David Thornicroft
''They'll be able to come back here in 20 years and show
their kids what they did.''
The project was part of the school's ''Can We Fix It?''
programme, which encouraged the children to find practical
solutions to modern problems, such as climate change and
''We've been teaching them about technological changes and
how they have impacted on the planet,'' assistant principal
Claire Buist said yesterday.
''It's about them thinking nationally and globally, but
acting locally. This is our back door and we wanted to do
something with the kids where they could really see they had
made a difference.''