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Teens against stream
By JESS LEE
Clear message: Clockwise from front left; Shruthi Vijayakumar, Daniel Cullum,
Amelia Fagence and Florence Reynolds, paddled 100 kilometres down the
Whanganui River on kayaks made from plastic bottles. Photo: JASON OXENHAM
A group of eco-conscious youth
leaders has found a fresh approach
to recycling some of the thousands
of plastic bottles discarded by
The 16-strong team paddled 100
kilometres down the Whanganui
River on four kayaks made from
3000 plastic bottles to bring home
one message on May 15.
We want everyone to think twice
about what they buy,'' central
Auckland student Florence
It's ridiculous that plastic is
made up of non-renewable
resources to be used once and
thrown away only to become debris
in the water.''
Ms Reynolds has been living
without purchasing plastic since
Products packaged using single-
use plastic were banned for the
Re-using and recycling is great
but you have to do the first step
first,'' she says.
Shruthi Vijayakumar and I AM
Challenge founder Daniel Cullum
spearheaded the project after a trip
to the Amazon last year as part of
the Mike Horn Pangaea Young
The pair learned some important
lessons about environmental
sustainability while exploring some
of the world's most remote regions,
Ms Vijayakumar says.
They decided to take what they
learned and explore New Zealand to
spread the message and so the
plastic bottle kayak was born.
Youth leaders from across the
country soon jumped on board to
make up the team.
We really see the kayak journey
as a tool to bring together young
people from across New Zealand
and get them inspired,'' Ms Vijaya-
Two lead designers, including
architecture student Amelia
Fagence spent two weeks perfecting
the final design.
The students sourced more than
3000 bottles from recycling bins
while a large amount were donated
which had been rejected in manu-
facturing due to defects.
Locally sourced bamboo and ply-
wood complete the structure.
After test runs, the remaining
boats took about a day to build.
The team then took to the water
on May 12 in Whakahoro where
they paddled eight at a time
accompanied by a crew of 10 on sup-
port boats carrying safety gear.
They finished their voyage in
Pipiriki on Tuesday.
Playwright tackles sensitive issue
Brave work: Patua cast members, from left, Vinnie Bennett, Ngahuia Piripi and
Photo: HIONA HENARE
A gutsy stage play that
addresses the problem of
child abuse among Maori
is under way this week.
Written and directed
by Renae Maihi, Patua
tells the story about the
death of a baby at the
hands of her family.
But in a twist of fate,
baby Moni's extended
family discover the truth
and give her the burial
Before even hitting the
stage the production
earned Ms Maihi Best
Play by a Maori Play-
wright at the recent
Adam New Zealand Play
The writer says the
society but the key mess-
age is stopping child
We've seen multiple
cases of child abuse in
New Zealand and though
I'm not saying it is
specifically a Maori prob-
lem it is undeniably so.''
New Zealand has one
of the highest rates of
physical child abuse in
the developed world.
We also have one of
the worst rates of child
death by maltreatment
within the family; about
nine children are killed
in New Zealand every
year by a member of
Ms Maihi says she is
pleased to bring this
important work to the
stage as it is her belief
that real change can only
happen from the inside.
So as an insider', ie a
Maori woman, I decided
it was necessary for me
to write this play
because the children we
have lost during my life-
time is unacceptable.''
Patua is a verb that
means to strike, hit,
beat, kill, subdue or ill-
The play has been bill-
ed as a story that will
provoke audiences to
consider whether the
wider historical and
social issues facing
Maori have played a role
in creating the abusers.
The stellar cast
includes William Davis,
and Aroha Hathaway.
Patua is on at TAPAC,
100 Motions Rd, Western
Springs until May 26.
To buy tickets go to
tapac.org.nz or phone
By JESS LEE
The eight Grey Lynn residents
who will serve on the committee
of the newly formed Grey Lynn
Residents Association have been
elected after a public vote.
Residents formed the associ-
ation amid growing concerns
about the potential for many resi-
dential streets to be rezoned for
apartments and terraced housing
under plans in the Auckland
Council's draft Unitary Plan.
Award-winning director Dan
Salmon has been appointed
chairman following the public
Mr Salmon has six years of
experience serving on the Rich-
mond Road School Board of
Trustees and has spent more
than a decade on the board of the
Screen Directors Guild of New
Self-employed event manager
Simon Keely, doctor Jamie Hosk-
ing and solicitor Jennifer Burns
will also serve on the committee.
Freelance journalist Liz Han-
cock, who co-founded the
residents association, has been
elected secretary and barrister
Chris Patterson will serve as
Optometrist Philip Walsh and
book publisher Nicola Legat, who
is also a former member of the
long defunct Grey Lynn West-
mere Community Committee,
were both appointed to the com-
mittee by the six publicly elected
The residents association aims
to work with the Waitemata
Local Board and Auckland Coun-
cil to rethink plans for Grey
Committee members will hold
their first meeting on May 21
before reporting back to members
later that week.
Opportunity to mix it up
with top BMX riders
Young BMX riders will have the
chance to ride alongside stars of the
sport when they head to the UCI
BMX World Championships to be
held at Vector Arena in July.
Competition organisers are run-
ning Have a Go days at BMX Club
tracks across Auckland for children
aged six to 12 to teach budding
riders BMX skills.
The youngsters will be taught
how to negotiate the BMX track
safely and also get the chance to
The best riders will go through to
a regional final where the winners
will then take part in invitation
races on the world championships
track on the second day of Chal-
lenge Class racing on July 25.
BikeNZ chief executive Kieran
Turner says fewer and fewer New
Zealand children are being taught
how to ride a bike.
Most of our current Olympic
heroes started with BMX, which is
not only a fantastic family sport,
but also the ideal way to learn the
basic skills to ride a bike and also
have a lot of fun.''
The first Have a Go day will take
place on Sunday from 11am at the
Mountain Raiders BMX Club, Lloyd
Elsmore Park, Pakuranga.
Go to bmxworldsnz.com/Have-a-
Go for more information.
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