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AUCKLAND CITY HARBOUR NEWS, APRIL 3, 2013
Representatives from the Ministry and their partners will be available
to answer your questions.
To ensure everyone has a chance to have
their say, the consultation submission date
has been extended to 30 April 2013.
For more information, please visit
Factsheets and Feedback forms are also available at both Pt
Chevalier and Grey Lynn libraries and community centres.
PUBLIC INFORMATION DAYS
An increasing population means more students are enrolling
at schools in the Western Bays of Auckland.
Schools in the area are under increasing pressure to
accommodate growing rolls.
The Ministry is undertaking consultation with the local
community to consider two options about Year 1-8
schooling in the area.
You are invited to attend a public information day to find out
more and to contribute your feedback.
Saturday 13 April
Western Springs College
100 Motions Road,
Tuesday 16 April
92 Point Chevalier
Road, Point Chevalier.
Consultation with the Point
Chevalier Pasadena Community
about Year 1-8 schooling
Water a drop in the bucket
Water is the safest conversation
topic of this month, last month and
probably next -- how brown, short
and dusty once-green pasture and
the front lawn have become.
The debate for some is just how
low the water tank really is (you
know, from banging its side and
listening for the ominous echo).
Trees look close to death wonder-
ing, as we do, just when autumn
rains will come.
Farmers are forced to use their
winter feed reserves to avoid drying
out the herd or, worse still, are
sending prized stock to the works.
There the cheque for them is a lot
less than what they were worth in
Truck-loads of expensive South
Island straw arrive to somehow win
It s no comfort for anyone to know
we have joined a worldwide queue
of countries in drought.
Just a few months ago, we were
turning pages in compact newspa-
pers with meagre facts about Amer-
ican states stricken with disaster
through lack of water.
Then, there s Australia, the
unlucky country -- where nearly half
a million Kiwis now live across the
Tasman -- with floods and drought
only state boundaries apart.
A bit too close for comfort then,
now it s just outside the New Zea-
land front door of once-lanquidly,
half-interested city suburban famil-
ies.Plus the nation s farmers.
It would be comforting to be able
to bring glad tidings but I can t.
Like a sinner looking for solace in
their Bible, I ve studied those
expanses of high pressure maps and
listened to television and radio
No joy there.
So I did what you do when your
pressure is every bit as high as local
I went to the internet. As you do.
Apparently, according to the good
sources I tapped (that pun was not
intended) we now have all of the
water we will ever have on the pla-
But -- and it s a big but -- experts
expect that by 2025, one half of the
world population will face water
Water covers 71 per cent of the
Earth s surface, why should we
Well try these facts for size:
Lesson one: Only 2 to 3 per cent of
Earth s water is fresh and 80 per
cent of that is in the ice caps.
Lesson two: Water is vital for
ALL forms of life.
Lesson three: You don t miss your
water till the tank runs dry.
Here are the numbers on the
Earth s water reserves:
Where the world's water is:
Oceans, seas and bays 96.54 per
Ice caps, glaciers and permanent
(Fresh 0.76, saline 0.93)
Soil moisture .001
Ground ice, permafrost .022
(Fresh and saline both .007)
Swamp water .0008
And it really is true that all of the
fresh water in the world is just a
drop in the bucket. Hard to
American experts have no doubt.
In the US, ProjectWET (Water Edu-
cation for Teachers) publishes water
resource materials; provides train-
ing workshops on topics of water
sheds, water quality, water conser-
vation; organises community water
events; is building a network of
educators, water resource profes-
sionals and scientists.
The mission of ProjectWET is to
reach children, parents -- people like
me -- educators and communities of
the world with water education.
And Utah State University has
adapted an activity lesson from Pro-
jectWET to help unthinking people
-- like me and possibly you -- to visu-
alise the percentage of fresh water
on the planet.
You will need a five gallon bucket,
a clear one quart jar, a measuring
cup, a teaspoon and an eye dropper.
First fill the five gallon bucket
Following the chart below remove
the appropriate amount of water
from the bucket and pour into the
jar. The quantity in the jar repres-
ents the total amount of fresh water
Oceans 97.2 per cent = five gallon
Ice caps/glaciers 2 per cent = one
Groundwater .62 per cent = one
third of a cup
Freshwater lakes .009 = 1G8 tea-
Inland seas and salt lakes also
.008 = 1G8 teaspoon
Atmosphere . 001 = one drop
Rivers .0001 = one flick.
Barbara Boyer, a teacher at the
American Indian Magnet School in
St Paul, has designed a different
You ll need a big piece of paper --
draw 100 squares on the paper.
With a pair of scissors remove 97
per cent of the squares -- this rep-
resents the oceans.
The remaining three squares rep-
resent all of the fresh water -- but 80
per cent of that is frozen at the
poles. With the scissors cut off that
80 per cent.
Of the water that is left, 99.5
per cent is polluted, too far under-
ground or is trapped in soil moist-
ure. Cut a sliver of .5 per cent from
Domestic animals, human con-
sumption, agriculture and manufac-
turing must all share that small
sliver of fresh water.
What can we do? Well sometimes,
good ideas are rejected or left to rot.
That s what happened to a good
idea when Jenny Rowan, then
mayor of Kapiti Coast, suggested
that all new houses in the area
would be required to have two tanks
-- one for domestic use and a second
for grey water which would flush
No question, it s time for every
municipality, community and
household to learn water manage-
ment and conserve this precious
We should ALL be doing this ALL
over the country.
No question either. Water is vital
for all forms of life. The distribution
of potable and irrigation water is
scarce and an increasing population
will further stress our water
The percentage of fresh water
reduced by pollution and contami-
nation will affect the fundamental
ingredient for life on Earth.
Just what is the not-so-super-city
doing to sustain the present
demand? And what are the water
sources they aim to tap going for-
ward (one of the current cliches) to
assure supply for this massed popu-
lation they intend to spread across
the top half of the North Island?
Feeling a bit drawn by the
figures? Then sit down quietly and
have half a glass of water.
If there s any left when you feel
better please put it away to drink
later. That at least is a beginning, a
personal gesture to save cups and
drops the experts say lie ahead of us
going forward .
APO chairwoman becomes patron
Dame Rosanne Meo
Dame Rosanne Meo will be among
fine company as the Auckland
Philharmonia Orchestra Board of
Trustees chairwoman takes up a
new position as patron of the
She joins existing patrons
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame
Catherine Tizard and Sir James
The role will give Dame
Rosanne more time to advocate
for the APO after eight years as
There is still much work to be
done to ensure a sustainable
future for the orchestra, she says.
The Government s orchestral
sector review is a critical first step
in securing the future of the
Counties Manukau District
Health Board chief executive
Geraint Martin will succeed
Dame Rosanne as chairman.
Mr Martin has sat on the board
since 2009 and says he is looking
forward to continuing Dame
Rosanne s work.
The APO board is now taking
the opportunity to expand its
number from seven to nine with
new appointments expected in the
Emerging artists who
display creative excel-
lence can be nominated
for the NZAAT Emerg-
ing Artist Award.
The New Zealand Art
Show and the New Zea-
land Affordable Art
Trust are offering four
cash prize awards of
$2500 each to artists
nominated by New Zea-
land s art teaching
All tertiary art
schools around the
country that offer a
degree and/or diploma
programme in visual
arts are invited to sub-
mit up to two students
for final selection.
Each winner will be
exhibited at the New
Zealand Art Show in
Go to artshow.co.nz for
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