Going waste-free can be child’s play

For all the information available for children about what is going wrong in the environment, there is not a lot of information about what they can do to make it better, Lake Hawea children’s musician Anna van Riel says.

Ms van Riel, who is a part of Plastic Free Wanaka, created the character, Waste Free Wanda, last year to let children know that with some ‘‘simple swaps’’ they can make a difference.

Anna van Riel plays Waste Free Wanda as she performs for Waitati School pupils at the Waitati...
Anna van Riel plays Waste Free Wanda as she performs for Waitati School pupils at the Waitati Hall yesterday. PHOTOS: PETER MCINTOSH
In the stage show she took to Waitati Hall yesterday, Ms van Riel finishes her one-woman musical with a conversation with her primary-aged audience about swapping single-use items for things that can be used again and again.

‘‘I’m a musician, and I write children’s music, and I’m a mum,’’ Ms van Riel said.

‘‘So it felt really important for me to create something for children because they are the future and they are left with the mess that we have created.’’


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